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
a : pothook
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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for crook

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Had the train recently hosted the cast of Cirque du Soleil, perhaps, who insisted on descending head first, arms outstretched, after crooking one knee over the top rung? Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Enduring Romance of the Night Train," 4 May 2020 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 The talk is fast, smooth, and the crook has an answer for everything. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "This 'tech support' scam is stealing million from seniors, including my mom," 9 Apr. 2021 There is some notable irony that oftentimes a crook is caught by the act of ignoring a stop sign. Lance Eliot, Forbes, "Self-Driving Cars Grappling With Human Drivers That Blow Through Stop Signs," 7 Apr. 2021 The manager of a luxury condominium joins forces with a petty crook to steal back the retirement money a Wall Street swindler stole from him and his co-workers. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘My Fair Lady’; ‘Marry Poppins’," 19 Mar. 2021 If the crook of the L sits on the ground, then the ends of the interferometers might have to rest on berms 30 meters high. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Giant gravitational wave detectors could hear murmurs from across universe," 10 Mar. 2021 The manager of a luxury condominium joins forces with a petty crook to steal back the retirement money a Wall Street swindler stole from him and his co-workers. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘The Searchers’; ‘Forrest Gump’," 12 Mar. 2021 But the club couldn’t get past Toronto either year before Houston grabbed hold of the division (by hook or crook) and Texas drifted off into irrelevance. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "As the franchises wrestle their way out of a lost decade, the Rangers lack hope that the Mavericks offer," 12 Feb. 2021 The manager of a luxury condominium joins forces with a petty crook to steal back the retirement money a Wall Street swindler stole from him and his co-workers. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘Gandhi’; ‘Forrest Gump’ and more," 26 Feb. 2021 Rashidi rested her chin in the crook of her elbow, leaning against the coffee table, her children gathered around on the couch. Star Tribune, "Minnesota refugee from Congo finds new struggles amid pandemic, police violence," 24 Jan. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'crook.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about crook

Time Traveler for crook

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for crook

Cite this Entry

“Crook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crook. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for crook

crook

verb

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.

Comments on crook

What made you want to look up crook? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu jedi training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!