What does crook mean?

Definitions for crook

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. criminal, felon, crook, outlaw, malefactornoun

    someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime

  2. bend, crook, twist, turnnoun

    a circular segment of a curve

    "a bend in the road"; "a crook in the path"

  3. crook, shepherd's crookverb

    a long staff with one end being hook shaped

  4. crook, curveverb

    bend or cause to bend

    "He crooked his index finger"; "the road curved sharply"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CROOKnoun

    Etymology: croc, French.

    He left his crook, he left his flocks,
    And wand’ring through the lonely rocks,
    He nourish’d endless woe. Matthew Prior.

    There fall those saphire-colour’d brooks,
    Which, conduit like, with curious crooks,
    Sweet islands make in that sweet land. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

  2. To Crookverb

    Etymology: crocher, French.

    It is highly probable, that this disease proceeds from a redundant acidity, because vinegar will soften and crook tender bones. John Arbuthnot, on Diet.

    Whatsoever affairs pass such a man’s hands, he crooketh them to his own ends; which must needs be often eccentrick to the ends of his master or state. Francis Bacon, Essay 24.


  1. crook

    A crook is typically used to describe someone who is dishonest, involved in illegal activities, or thieves. It can also refer to a curved or bent shape, such as the shepherd's crook, a long staff with a curved top.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crooknoun

    a bend, turn, or curve; curvature; flexure

  2. Crooknoun

    any implement having a bent or crooked end

  3. Crooknoun

    the staff used by a shepherd, the hook of which serves to hold a runaway sheep

  4. Crooknoun

    a bishop's staff of office. Cf. Pastoral staff

  5. Crooknoun

    a pothook

  6. Crooknoun

    an artifice; trick; tricky device; subterfuge

  7. Crooknoun

    a small tube, usually curved, applied to a trumpet, horn, etc., to change its pitch or key

  8. Crooknoun

    a person given to fraudulent practices; an accomplice of thieves, forgers, etc

  9. Crooknoun

    to turn from a straight line; to bend; to curve

  10. Crooknoun

    to turn from the path of rectitude; to pervert; to misapply; to twist

  11. Crookverb

    to bend; to curve; to wind; to have a curvature

  12. Etymology: [OE. croken; cf. Sw. krka, Dan. krge. See Crook, n.]


  1. Crook

    Crook is a market town in County Durham, in the North East of England. It is situated about 10 miles south-west of Durham. Crook lies a couple of miles north of the River Wear, on the A690 from Durham. This turns into the A689 leading up into the scenic upper reaches of Weardale, through Wolsingham and Stanhope.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crook

    krōōk, n. a bend, anything bent: a curved tube used to lower the pitch of a cornet, &c.: the bending of the body in reverence: a staff bent at the end, as a shepherd's or bishop's: an artifice or trick: (Spens.) gibbet.—v.t. to bend or form into a hook: to turn from the straight line or from what is right.—v.i. to bend or be bent.—n. Crook′back (Shak.), a hunchback.—adj. Crook′backed; Crook′ed, bent like a crook: not straight: deviating from rectitude, perverse.—adv. Crook′edly.—n. Crook′edness.—adjs. Crook′-kneed; Crook′-shoul′dered.—A crook in the lot, any trial in one's experience. [Prob. Scand.; cf. Ice. krókr, Dan. krog.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. CROOK

    One who exceeds the speed limit in Law & Order Ave. A Misfit in the Straight and Narrow Way.


  1. Crook

    the hook or recurved tip of the antenna in Hesperidae.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CROOK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Crook is ranked #2484 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Crook surname appeared 14,526 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 5 would have the surname Crook.

    83.2% or 12,097 total occurrences were White.
    11.3% or 1,644 total occurrences were Black.
    2.1% or 312 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 250 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 128 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 94 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crook in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crook in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of crook in a Sentence

  1. Richard Milhous Nixon:

    People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook. I earned everything I've got.

  2. Richard Weeks:

    If things are crook at Muswellbrook and there’s no work at Bourke what do you do? If things are crook at Tallarook and there’s no work at Bourke what do you do! ?

  3. Thein Nyint:

    We can be sure they will uproot him by hook or by crook, so my best advice for him is 'resign from the speaker's position if you want to prevent further perils for you and your family'.

  4. Richard Milhous Nixon:

    Well, I'm not a crook.

  5. Ahn Chan-il:

    You can be a crook or be asked to lie. I have seen so many people lying and making mistakes on camera ... People only care about spicy stories.

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Translations for crook

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  • المحتالArabic
  • извивка, гега, извивам, крадецBulgarian
  • Hirtenstab, krümmen, Ganove, Krücke, Krummstab, GaunerGerman
  • γκλίτσαGreek
  • torcer, torcedura, doblez, ratero, ladrona, ladrón, curvidad, ratera, curva, truhán, enchuecar, truhana, cayado, curvar, doblarSpanish
  • käyräsauva, konna, koukistaa, taive, rikollinenFinnish
  • courber, arnaqueur, courbe, escroc, houletteFrench
  • crúcaIrish
  • maling, bajinganIndonesian
  • þorpari, glæpamaður, hirðingjastafurIcelandic
  • pastorale, furfante, ladro, truffatore, vincastroItalian
  • კაუჭი, კავიGeorgian
  • ವಂಚಕKannada
  • skurkNorwegian
  • afzetster, bedrieger, zwendelaarster, bedriegster, oplichtster, oplichter, afzetter, zwendelaarDutch
  • ladra, ladrãoPortuguese
  • вор, изгиб, сгибать, плутRussian
  • lopovSerbo-Croatian
  • lopovSlovene

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