Rook Definition

ro͝ok
rooked, rooks
noun
rooks
A gregarious European crow (Corvus frugilegus) with a bare spot by its bill.
Webster's New World
A swindler; cheat.
Webster's New World
Either of the two corner pieces shaped like a castle tower: it can move in a vertical or horizontal direction only over any number of consecutive, unoccupied squares; castle.
Webster's New World

(UK) A type of firecracker used by farmers to scare birds of the same name.

Wiktionary

(rare) A castle or other fortification.

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verb
rooked, rooks
To swindle, cheat, defraud, etc.
Webster's New World

(obsolete) To squat; to ruck.

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Other Word Forms of Rook

Noun

Singular:
rook
Plural:
rooks

Origin of Rook

  • Middle English rok, roke, from Old English hrōc, from Proto-Germanic *hrōkaz (compare Saterland Frisian Rouk, Dutch roek, obsolete German Ruch), from Proto-Indo-European *kVr-c 'crow, raven' (compare Middle Irish cerc 'hen', Old Prussian kerko 'loon, diver', dialectal Bulgarian крокон (krókon) 'raven', Ancient Greek κόραξ (kórax) 'falcon', Old Armenian Õ¡Õ£Õ¼Õ¡Ö‚ (agá¹™aw), Avestan kahrkatat 'rooster' [script?], Sanskrit कृकर (ká¹›kara) 'rooster'), Ukrainian крук (kruk, “raven").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English rok from Old French roc from Arabic ruḫḫ from Persian

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French roc, ultimately from Persian رخ (rox). Compare roc.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English rok from Old English hrōc

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From rookie.

    From Wiktionary

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