• A crooked awl
    A crooked awl
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v crook bend or cause to bend "He crooked his index finger","the road curved sharply"
    • n crook a long staff with one end being hook shaped
    • n crook someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
    • n crook a circular segment of a curve "a bend in the road","a crook in the path"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In ancient Rome, it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose
    • crook A bend, turn, or curve; curvature; flexure. "Through lanes, and crooks , and darkness."
    • crook A bishop's staff of office. Cf. Pastoral staff.
    • crook A person given to fraudulent practices; an accomplice of thieves, forgers, etc.
    • crook A pothook. "As black as the crook ."
    • crook (Mus) A small tube, usually curved, applied to a trumpet, horn, etc., to change its pitch or key.
    • crook An artifice; trick; tricky device; subterfuge. "For all yuor brags, hooks, and crooks ."
    • crook Any implement having a bent or crooked end.
    • crook The staff used by a shepherd, the hook of which serves to hold a runaway sheep.
    • v. i Crook To bend; to curve; to wind; to have a curvature. "The port . . . crooketh like a bow.""Their shoes and pattens are snouted, and piked more than a finger long, crooking upwards."
    • Crook To turn from a straight line; to bend; to curve. "Crook the pregnant hinges of the knee."
    • Crook To turn from the path of rectitude; to pervert; to misapply; to twist. "There is no one thing that crooks youth more than such unlawfull games.""What soever affairs pass such a man's hands, he crooketh them to his own ends."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crook Any bend, turn, or curve; a curvature; a flexure: as, a crook in a river or in a piece of timber.
    • n crook A bending of the knee; a genuflection.
    • n crook A bent or curved part; a curving piece or portion of anything: as, the crook of a cane or of an umbrella-handle.
    • n crook An instrument or implement having a crook, or distinguished by its curved form. Specifically— A shepherd's staff, curving at the end; a pastoral staff.
    • n crook The pastoral staff of a bishop or an abbot, fashioned in the form of a shepherd's staff, as a symbol of his sway over and care for his flock. Such staves are generally gilt, ornamented with jewels, and enriched by carving, etc. Compare pastoral staff, under staff.
    • n crook A hook hung in an open chimney to support a pot or kettle; a pot-hook or trammel.
    • n crook In music: A short tube, either curved or straight, that may be inserted into various metal wind-instruments so as to lengthen their tube, and thus lower their fundamental tone or key. The curved metal tube between the mouthpiece and the body of a bassoon.
    • n crook A sickle.
    • n crook A lock or curl of hair. Compare crocket.
    • n crook A gibbet.
    • n crook A support consisting of a post or pile with a cross-beam resting upon it; a bracket or truss consisting of a vertical piece, a horizontal piece, and a strut.
    • n crook An artifice; a trick; a contrivance.
    • n crook A dishonest person; one who is crooked in conduct; a tricky or underhand schemer; a thief; a swindley.
    • crook To bend; cause to assume an angular or a curved form; make a curve or hook in.
    • crook To curl (hair). Ayenbite of Inwit, p. 176.
    • crook To turn; pervert; misapply.
    • crook To thwart.
    • crook To bend or be bent; be turned from a right line; curve; wind.
    • crook Specifically To bend the knee; crouch.
    • n crook A name given to both the parenthesis ( ) and the square bracket [].
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Crook krōōk 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:
    • v.t Crook to bend or form into a hook: to turn from the straight line or from what is right
    • v.i Crook to bend or be bent
    • n Crook krōōk (Spens.) gibbet
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  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “If you stand straight, do not fear a crooked shadow.”
  • Jill Peterson
    Jill Peterson
    “It is because they took the easy way out that rivers, and people, go crooked.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “What by a straight path cannot be reached by crooked ways is never won.”
  • Immanuel Kant
    “From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It is following the line of least resistance that makes men and rivers crooked.”
  • Benjamin J. Montalbano
    Benjamin J. Montalbano
    “Hell hath no fury like a crooked politician denied his cut.”


By hook or by crook - If you are prepared to do something by hook or by crook, you are willing to do anything, good or bad, to reach your goal.
Crooked as a dog's hind leg - Someone who is very dishonest is as crooked as a dog's hind leg.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. crok,; akin to Icel. krōkr, hook, bend, SW. krok, Dan. krog, OD. krooke,; or cf. Gael. crocan, crook, hook, W. crwca, crooked. Cf. Crosier Crotchet Crutch Encroach
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. Scand.; cf. Ice. krókr, Dan. krog.


In literature:

He's a crook and an all-round sneak.
"The Making of Bobby Burnit" by George Randolph Chester
The man would get by hook or crook what he wanted.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
A lady isn't supposed to have a crook for a father.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
If there's any crooked work going on here we may be able to arrest him.
"The Bradys Beyond Their Depth" by Anonymous
You're a self-convicted crook, and if you make a peep out here I'll send you over the road for a thousand years!
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
It is immaterial to me whether straight or crooked.
"The Stretton Street Affair" by William Le Queux
My crooked, crooked bill-o!
"Negro Folk Rhymes" by Thomas W. Talley
All those weeks to play the crook in, and then to make a play for it when he knew he could not put it over!
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
Thorne, of all people, to try and put across a crooked deal like this!
"Shoe-Bar Stratton" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
You are running great risks for a worthless creature who is as crooked in mind as he is in body.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White

In poetry:

Whene'er we missed a lesson
Or placed a crooked pin
Just where some one would press on
Enough to drive it in.
"Dear Friends And Neighbors" by David John Scott
I am afraid of straight roads
That stretch into the sun.
I would walk a crooked road,
A stumbling rutted one.
"Crooked Roads" by Edith Mirick
Stiff, gallant, irascible, crook-legged reptile,
Little gentleman,
Sorry plight,
We ought to look the other way.
"Tortoise Gallantry" by D H Lawrence
The man that wore a crooked nose
Could look behind the days
That hid themselves in mist of rose
And calm of purple haze;
"Hungo Pavi" by Norman MacLeod
Upon the hill a thorn-tree,
Crooked and gnarled and gray,
Against the moon seemed some crutch'd hag
Dragging a child away.
"Under The Rose" by Madison Julius Cawein
Around my neck you will lay
Two tight little arms of brown.
Mavourneen, we'll go far away
From the net of the crooked town.
"The Beggar's Child" by Padraic Colum

In news:

Well-Heeled Crooks Feel the Heat in Miami.
My permanent teeth came in crooked.
Cyber crooks don't take a holiday.
When Brent Venables was still around, and the subject of fire-the-coordinator mania came up, he'd get a crooked grin on his face, shake his head once and say: 'Those message boards are evil, man.
Halloween seems to be turning into a year-round holiday, at least for crooks.
In Brentwood incident cleared on Sagtikos Pkwy SB at Crooked Hill Rd/S2.
Samantha Crooke Published: September 9th, 2010.
Crooked River Fish Survey a Bit Shocking.
Mild Shock Helps Survey Crooked R Fish.
Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. Crooks Impersonate Microsoft Technicians.
Crooks are making calls to the Colorado Springs area claiming to be experts with Microsoft.
In the town of Mayberry from The Andy Griffith Show, a small-town sheriff and his trusty deputy always outwitted big-city crooks, and problems never got much bigger than a trigger-happy kid with a slingshot.
Alberta Crook passed away September 5, 2012, 16 days shy of her 86th birthday, in her beloved Maui, with close friends by her side.
Crook, 85, of Kihei and formerly of Lahaina, passed away at her residence on September 5, 2012 with Hospice Care.
An Albuquerque store owner said some crooks walked away with.

In science:

IS -invariant crooked surfaces exist where IS do not fix the hingepoints, and these will not be adapted in our definition.
Crooked surfaces and anti-de Sitter geometry
Completing dAdS crooked planes to crooked surfaces.
Crooked surfaces and anti-de Sitter geometry
Call the special point corresponding to the improper point in a crooked surface arising from a crooked plane in Minkowski space) the covertex.
Crooked surfaces and anti-de Sitter geometry
As shown in , the vertex and covertex are related by an automorphism of Ein3 which preserves the crooked surface.
Crooked surfaces and anti-de Sitter geometry
The condition that the crooked surface in Ein3 arises from an AdS-crooked plane is that the vertex and covertex are related by the involution IS .
Crooked surfaces and anti-de Sitter geometry