Definition of Crook

1. Noun. Someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime.

2. Verb. Bend or cause to bend. "The road curved sharply"
Exact synonyms: Curve
Specialized synonyms: Recurve
Generic synonyms: Bend, Flex
Derivative terms: Curvature

3. Noun. A circular segment of a curve. "A crook in the path"
Exact synonyms: Bend, Turn, Twist
Generic synonyms: Curve, Curved Shape
Specialized synonyms: Bight
Derivative terms: Bend, Bend

4. Noun. A long staff with one end being hook shaped.
Exact synonyms: Shepherd's Crook
Generic synonyms: Staff

Definition of Crook

1. n. A bend, turn, or curve; curvature; flexure.

2. v. t. To turn from a straight line; to bend; to curve.

3. v. i. To bend; to curve; to wind; to have a curvature.

Definition of Crook

1. Noun. A bend; turn; curve; curvature; a flexure. ¹

2. Noun. A bending of the knee; a genuflection. ¹

3. Noun. A bent or curved part; a curving piece or portion (of anything). ¹

4. Noun. (obsolete) A lock or curl of hair. ¹

5. Noun. (obsolete) A gibbet. ¹

6. Noun. (obsolete) A support beam consisting of a post with a cross-beam resting upon it; a bracket or truss consisting of a vertical piece, a horizontal piece, and a strut. ¹

7. Noun. A shepherd's crook; a staff with a semi-circular bend ("hook") at one end used by shepherds. ¹

8. Noun. An artifice; a trick; a contrivance. ¹

9. Noun. A person who steals, lies, cheats or does other dishonest or illegal things; a criminal. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To bend. ¹

11. Adjective. (Australia New Zealand slang) Bad, unsatisfactory, not up to standard. ¹

12. Adjective. (Australia New Zealand slang) Ill, sick. ¹

13. Adjective. (Australia New Zealand slang) Annoyed, angry; upset. ¹

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Definition of Crook

1. to bend [adj CROOKER, CROOKEST] - See also: bend

Lexicographical Neighbors of Crook

cronkhite-canada syndrome
croo monkey
crook (current term)
crook and nanny
crooked-stemmed aster

Literary usage of Crook

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1868)
"crook had gotten into the position last named, I took out Rickett's division of the Sixth corps and placed it opposite the enemy's left centre, and directed ..."

2. An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language: To which is Prefixed, a by John Jamieson (1879)
"To crook, ». a. To bend. This term is used in various forms unknown in E. To crook A FINGER, to make an exertion of the slightest kind ; as, ..."

3. The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography by James Terry White, James T. White & Company (1898)
"25, 1859, son of James Alexander crook, a well-known educator aud planter of ... Dr. William Eugene crook, and in 1878 and 1879 attended lectures at the ..."

4. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1891)
"crook pursued the hostiles to Slim Buttes, Dakota, defeated them so severely ... crook agreed to receive their surrender on the first proposition, and, ..."

5. The Antiquary by Edward Walford, John Charles Cox, George Latimer Apperson (1880)
"118), will, I have no doubt, been interesting to many readers, but I believe that the true origin of the expression " By Hook or by crook" U not therein ..."

6. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"Still the fact remains, that the true shape of the crosier was with a hooked or curved top ; the archbishop's staff alone bore a cross instead of a crook, ..."

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