- Crook is defined as a person who is dishonest and who steals things (such as money) that belong to others.
An example of a crook is someone who creates an identity theft scheme in order to steal money from people.
- The definition of a crook is a bend in something.
An example of a crook is a sharp turn in a road or creek.
- To crook is to bend something, such as bending your finger to signal.
An example of crook is when you bend your finger and make a "come here" sign with it.
- a hooked, bent, or curved thing or part; hook
- a shepherd's staff, with a hook at one end
- a bishop's staff resembling this; crosier
- a bending or being bent
- a bend or curve
- ☆ Informal a person who steals or cheats; swindler or thief
Origin: Middle English crok ; from Old Norse krōkr, variant, variety of krākr, a bending, hook, bay: for Indo-European base see cradle
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- An implement or tool, such as a bishop's crosier or a shepherd's staff, with a bent or curved part.
- A part that is curved or bent like a hook.
- A curve or bend; a turn: a crook in the path.
- Informal One who makes a living by dishonest methods.
Origin: Middle English crok, from Old Norse krōkr.
- Out of order; faulty.
- Not well; ill.
- Of poor quality; inferior.
- Not honest; crooked.
Origin: From crooked or crook1.
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