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 Told from the perspective of the wisdom tooth, their first love story grows so crooked that the cavity must be extracted -- leaving a lasting gap when the relationship ends. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest K-Pop Songs of the 2010s: Staff List," 25 Nov. 2019 Migrants recount harrowing stories of robbery, extortion by criminals and crooked officials, and kidnappings by competing cartels. Washington Post, "Migrants thrust by US officials into the arms of the cartels," 16 Nov. 2019 And before the premiere of Better Call Saul, conceived by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould as a comedic prequel focused on Bob Odenkirk’s crooked lawyer character, Saul Goodman, the show sounded kind of silly. Judy Berman, Time, "The 10 Best TV Shows of the 2010s," 15 Nov. 2019 Many migrants come from countries with terrible, crooked governments. The Economist, "The backlashWhy the arguments against immigration are so popular," 14 Nov. 2019 My eyes close, knowing the crooked graffiti will get painted over by the city tomorrow. Longreads, "Kissed a Girl," 7 Nov. 2019 The +190 odds to cover -1.5 is way too crooked for anyone’s liking along with the Islanders’ -239 to cover +1.5. Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Lightning-Islanders odds: New York an underdog at home," 1 Nov. 2019 The most classic form of fraud is when crooked day care providers bill DHS for caring for children who weren’t there. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "MN DHS revamps troubled office that investigates child care fraud. ‘Extremely impressed,’ one critic says.," 27 Oct. 2019 Tourists who want to drive down San Francisco’s crooked Lombard Street will not have to make reservations and pay a toll after all. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Newsom vetoes toll system for San Francisco’s crooked street," 13 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of crooked was in the 13th century

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5 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Crooked.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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