(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”).