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

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 The Belle Isle Rumrunning Scandal, also called the Police Rum Scandal, involved elite Detroiters at a private club, crooked cops, a drunken zookeeper and the James Scott fountain on Belle Isle. Mickey Lyons, Detroit Free Press, 8 May 2022 His mouth twisted into a crooked smile and his eyes twinkled, an expression reserved only for moments of pure joy. Asonta Benetti, Bon Appétit, 6 Apr. 2022 When the filmmakers find Leclerc, the climber proves to be a sweet guy with curly hair, a crooked smile and zero interest in self-promotion. Lisa Kennedy, Variety, 10 Sep. 2021 Mila, a Namibian, has the most crooked husband — and the hottest takes on American exceptionalism. Seija Rankin,, 8 July 2021 The 26-year-old accountant had spent her teen years wearing varying combinations of braces and retainers only to have her teeth go slightly crooked again in young adulthood. Kathryn Dill, WSJ, 5 May 2021 Family pictures hung crooked on walls coated with a brown film from thousands of cigarettes. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2021 Quinto's George is practically pickled, the tilt of his crooked grin dragging itself downward with each drink and palpable hit at his competitors. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 6 May 2022 Bad Guys, about a wickedly smart group of crooked animals, grossed $8 million on Friday from 4,009 theaters after receiving an A CinemaScore. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Crooked.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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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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