crook·​ed | \ ˈkru̇-kəd How to pronounce crooked (audio) \

Definition of crooked

1 : not straight a crooked road Your tie is crooked.
2 : dishonest a crooked election crooked politicians

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Other Words from crooked

crookedly adverb
crookedness noun

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 on the Web But Portlanders started paying attention when the series about a team that uses their crooked skills for good moved production to the Rose City, for Season 2. oregonlive, "A decade of TV in Portland: ‘Portlandia,’ ‘Grimm,’ ‘Leverage’ and more," 30 Dec. 2019 In recent years, a peculiar element has emerged, particularly among Malayalis living outside Kerala: Onam day songs and dance in praise of Mahabali’s crooked, deceitful vanquisher. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, "We, the permanent villains of Indian mythology, must reclaim our fallen icons," 30 Dec. 2019 Generations of Americans — and Romans — grappled with many of the problems plaguing our society in modern ways, like complicated wars, crooked politicians, economic disparity and the disintegration of the civic mores that bind a people together. Steele Brand, Twin Cities, "Steele Brand: Why knowing Roman history is key to preserving America’s future," 19 Sep. 2019 Over his career, Kane has convicted mobsters, crooked politicians and dozens of killers. Edmund H. Mahony,, "Kevin Kane to retire as chief state’s attorney after nearly half a century as a prosecutor in Connecticut," 27 Aug. 2019 Yet as the documentary about the hard-hitting TV newsman soon makes clear, those are the four words no crooked politician or conniving businessperson ever wanted to hear. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Riveting 'Mike Wallace Is Here' penetrates deep into the psyche of a great journalist," 6 Aug. 2019 These letters to Santa are scrawled in loopy cursive or crooked script, using pencil, pen or marker. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "From heartwarming to heartbreaking, these Christmas letters end up in Santa Claus, Indiana," 17 Dec. 2019 SmileDirectClub said there are about 500 million people worldwide who have mildly crooked teeth and can afford its service. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "SmileDirectClub: 'Consumer sentiment is on our side' despite rough IPO debut," 15 Sep. 2019 Yellow squash usually has a tapered neck, either crooked or straight, whereas zucchini of any color looks like a cylinder from end to end. Rachel Swalin,, "6 Things You Should Know About Zucchini," 8 Aug. 2014

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First Known Use of crooked

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crooked

see crook entry 2

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17 Jan 2020

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“Crooked.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of crooked

: not straight : having bends and curves
: not set or placed straight
: not honest


crook·​ed | \ ˈkru̇-kəd How to pronounce crooked (audio) \

Kids Definition of crooked

1 : having bends and curves a crooked path
2 : not set or placed straight The picture is crooked.
3 : dishonest a crooked card game

Other Words from crooked

crookedly adverb
crookedness noun

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