Definition of crooked
1 : not straight a crooked road Your tie is crooked.
2 : dishonest a crooked election crooked politicians
Examples of crooked in a Sentence
a long, crooked line of people had formed in front of the ticket booth
the common belief that gambling casinos are often crooked businesses
Recent Examples of crooked from the Web
Since the Morgan County sheriff loaned $150,000 of the jail's food money to a crooked, now-bankrupt used car lot, a legal battle has been underway.
There is student work on the wall, covered in crooked, wobbly letters and the occasional rainbow.
In police procedurals, bent cops live in fear of being called before the I.A.B., an awesomely powerful arm of the department charged with dealing with the dirt kicked up by crooked cops and questionable police practices.
Despite the abundance of phones, crooked officers are rarely caught and charged, records show.
Such quick access to data also helps investigators identify and contact witnesses who might provide evidence against a crooked doctor or other fraud suspect.
This odd couple first forge a brotherly bond in prison after backing each other up in a string of brutal confrontations with bad-ass rivals and crooked guards.
U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz compared Microsoft’s treatment of Sun (SUNW) to Tonya Harding’s knee-capping attack on rival figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, as well as a crooked baseball game between Baltimore and New York.
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Origin and Etymology of crooked
First Known Use: 13th century
CROOKED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of crooked for English Language Learners
: not straight : having bends and curves
: not set or placed straight
: not honest
CROOKED Defined for Kids
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