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 The Sox turned that single score into a crooked number, capitalizing when Altuve muffed a potential inning-ending double play grounder with runners on first and second and one out., 16 Oct. 2021 The proposal leaves in place one of the nation’s most crooked districts, the jaw-shaped Fourth that connects Hispanic neighborhoods on the North and South Sides of Chicago. New York Times, 15 Oct. 2021 Aaron Navarro eventually regained his mobility, though his smile remained a bit crooked for the rest of his life, his daughter Dallas Navarro recalls affectionately. Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Oct. 2021 Grandpa Griggs had long white hair like a preacher’s, and, according to Cary’s father, was as crooked as the back leg of a dog. Thomas Mcguane, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 There are car chases and a worldwide threat, and the woman to whom Bond has monetarily shown his vulnerability turns out to be crooked, and he is betrayed. Raven Smith, Vogue, 30 Sep. 2021 Under his cap, everything around his eyes sweats; his smile is crooked but near constant, his beard half-shaven and unsymmetrical. Emiliano Tahui Gómez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Aug. 2021 Junkies, prostitutes and crooked cops told their stories. Douglas Martin, New York Times, 22 Sep. 2021 Soon criminals and crooked cops are circling his (mostly) upstanding business. Vogue, 11 Aug. 2021

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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 23 Oct. 2021.

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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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