rook definition by Webster's New World
- a gregarious European crow (Corvus frugilegus) with a bare spot by its bill
- a swindler; cheat
Origin: Middle English roc ; from Old English hroc, akin to German ruch ; from Indo-European echoic base an unverified form ker- from source crow, raven
Origin: prob. from the bird's thievishness
Origin: Middle English rok ; from Old French roc ; from Arabic rukhkh ; from Persian rukh
rook definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An Old World bird (Corvus frugilegus) that resembles the North American crow and nests in colonies near the tops of trees.
- A swindler or cheat, especially at games.
Origin: Middle English rok, from Old English hrōc.
noun Abbr. R
Origin: Middle English rok, from Old French roc, from Arabic ruḫḫ, from Persian.