- 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 of crookMiddle English crok ; from Old Norse krōkr, variant, variety of krākr, a bending, hook, bay: for Indo-European base see cradle
- 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.
verbcrooked crooked, crook·ing, crooks
Origin of crookMiddle English crok, from Old Norse krōkr.
early 13th-century French enamel and gold-plated copper crook
- Out of order; faulty.
- Not well; ill.
- Of poor quality; inferior.
- Not honest; crooked.
Origin of crookFrom crooked or crook1.
- A bend; turn; curve; curvature; a flexure.
- She held the baby in the crook of her arm.
- A bending of the knee; a genuflection.
- A bent or curved part; a curving piece or portion (of anything).
- the crook of a cane
- A shepherd's crook; a staff with a semi-circular bend ("hook") at one end used by shepherds.
- A bishop's staff of office.
- An artifice; a trick; a contrivance.
- A person who steals, lies, cheats or does other dishonest or illegal things; a criminal.
- A pothook.
- (music) A small tube, usually curved, applied to a trumpet, horn, etc., to change its pitch or key.
(third-person singular simple present crooks, present participle crooking, simple past and past participle crooked)
- To bend.
- He crooked his finger toward me.
- To turn from the path of rectitude; to pervert; to misapply; to twist.
From Middle English croke, crok, from Old English *crōc (“hook, bend, crook”), from Proto-Germanic *krōkaz (“bend, hook”), from Proto-Indo-European *greg- (“tracery, basket, bend”). Cognate with Dutch kreuk (“a bend, fold, wrinkle”), Middle Low German kroke, krake (“fold, wrinkle”), Danish krog (“crook, hook”), Swedish krok (“crook, hook”), Icelandic krókur (“hook”).
(comparative more crook, superlative most crook)
- (Australia, New Zealand, slang) Bad, unsatisfactory, not up to standard.
- That work you did on my car is crook, mate
- Not turning up for training was pretty crook.
- Things are crook at Tallarook.
- (Australia, New Zealand, slang) Ill, sick.
- I′m feeling a bit crook.
- (Australia, New Zealand, slang) Annoyed, angry; upset.
- be crook at/about; go crook at
From crooked (“dishonestly come by”).