crook

verb
\ ˈkru̇k How to pronounce crook (audio) \
crooked; crooking; crooks

Definition of crook

 (Entry 1 of 3)

crook

noun

Definition of crook (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : an implement having a bent or hooked form: such as
b(1) : a shepherd's staff
2 : a part of something that is hook-shaped, curved, or bent the crook of an umbrella handle
3 : bend, curve
4 : a person who engages in fraudulent or criminal practices

crook

adjective

Definition of crook (Entry 3 of 3)

Australia and New Zealand
: not right:
c : irritable, angry used especially in the phrase go crook
d : ill, unwell

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Synonyms & Antonyms for crook

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of crook in a Sentence

Verb He crooked his finger at us and led us to the table. the road suddenly crooked to the left Noun He thinks politicians are just a bunch of crooks. the crook of his arm The squirrel sat in the crook of the tree. the crook of the cane
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Over the last decades, people are using smartphones and gadgets and living a working life by the computer with shoulders crooked forward. Vogue, "Atelier Saman Amel, a Bespoke Tailoring Brand From Sweden, Teams Up With Mr Porter," 16 May 2019 Doing so causes the C930 to spring open slightly, allowing you to crook a finger under the lid and continue opening it. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Lenovo's dual-display Yoga Book C930 boasts a bigger screen and better 'keyboard'," 30 Aug. 2018 Lines that appear straight on the linens were crooked when scanned into a computer. Vipal Monga, WSJ, "The Quest to Recover a Lost Frank Lloyd Wright Building," 30 May 2018 Would crooked Hillary have brought little rocket man to the table? Fox News, "Hannity: The Mueller investigation is a perjury trap," 2 May 2018 Mother daughter teas are a particularly fun opportunity for mothers and daughters to dress up, crook their pinkies while eating tiny sandwiches, sip tea, and spend quality time together. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "Why We Love the Tradition of Mother Daughter Teas," 31 Jan. 2018 Mills crooked his head, brow furrowed, and paused a second. Michael Powell, New York Times, "At Knicks’ Facility, Hopeful Talk and Lessons Learned (or Maybe Not)," 17 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To attempt the latter, Taylor squats, hooks his bent elbows in the crooks of his knees and places the hands responsible for 33 Wisconsin touchdowns on his mat. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "The Insatiable Curiosity of Jonathan Taylor Drives His Relentless Dominance," 6 Sep. 2019 Businessmen and crooks stepped in to deliver services—and turn healthy profits. The Economist, "Syria’s war is drawing to a close. But the pain will go on," 5 Sep. 2019 The hidden skimmer records the numbers of customers’ cards and the crooks pull up and download the data in a few seconds onto their phones. Fortune, "Why Twitter Has Regrets About Killing Vine. Hint: It’s Called TikTok—Data Sheet," 15 Aug. 2019 Lance Carter also shows a diversity of talents as various crooks and Jabez Thursday, a businessman who upgrades his girlfriends as his income grows. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Dice’ at North Coast Rep is charming and nostalgic but score needs work," 15 July 2019 And a problem for Alabama, which must ask: How many of our sheriffs are crooks? al, "Move over Beach House Sheriff. Meet Sheriff Scratch-off," 28 Aug. 2019 The principled case, now and then, is summed up in three words: Trump’s a crook. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Another Look at Impeachment, at the End of a Long Summer," 28 Aug. 2019 Zack Gottsagen, as the young man on the run, and Shia LaBeouf, as the crook who becomes his friend, are both getting raves for their performances in this atypical road movie. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The made-in-Milwaukee movie 'Give Me Liberty' opens; here's what critics are saying," 21 Aug. 2019 Some crooks have been known to create fake social media accounts using other people’s names, pictures and even some identifying information to access a bigger network of people and evading privacy settings. Leah Napoliello, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Homes: Beware of the security risks of social media," 17 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of crook

Verb

12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1898, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crook

Noun

Middle English crok, from Old Norse krōkr hook

Adjective

probably short for crooked

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The first known use of crook was in the 12th century

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crook

verb
How to pronounce crook (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of crook

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to bend (your finger, neck, or arm)

crook

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crook (Entry 2 of 2)

: a dishonest person
: a criminal
: the place where part of the body (such as an arm, leg, or finger) bends

crook

verb
\ ˈkru̇k How to pronounce crook (audio) \
crooked\ ˈkru̇kt \; crooking

Kids Definition of crook

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: bend entry 1 sense 1, curve She crooked her finger.

crook

noun

Kids Definition of crook (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a dishonest person (as a thief)
2 : a shepherd's staff with one end curved into a hook
3 : a curved or hooked part of a thing : bend He held it in the crook of his arm.

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