• A crooked awl
    A crooked awl
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj crooked having the back and shoulders rounded; not erect "a little oldish misshapen stooping woman"
    • adj crooked irregular in shape or outline "asymmetrical features","a dress with a crooked hemline"
    • adj crooked having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned "crooked country roads","crooked teeth"
    • adj crooked not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive
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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
    • Crooked Characterized by a crook or curve; not straight; turning; bent; twisted; deformed. "Crooked paths.""he is deformed, crooked , old, and sere."
    • Crooked False; dishonest; fraudulent; as, crooked dealings.
    • Crooked Not straightforward; deviating from rectitude; distorted from the right. "They are a perverse and crooked generation."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • crooked Bent; having angles or curves; deviating from a straight line; curved; curving; winding.
    • crooked Not straight, in a figurative sense, especially as regards rectitude of conduct; not upright or straightforward; not honest; wrong; perverse; cross-grained.
    • crooked Hence Made or sold in secret, without the payment of the taxes or submitting to the regulations or inspection required by law: as, crooked whisky.
    • crooked Synonyms Bowed, awry, askew, deformed, distorted.
    • crooked Deceitful, tricky, dishonorable, knavish. See irregular.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Crooked bent like a crook: not straight: deviating from rectitude, perverse
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  • W. C. Fields
    “You can't trust water: Even a straight stick turns crooked in it.”
  • Immanuel Kant
    “From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned.”
  • Groucho Marx
    “There is one way to find out if a man is honest; ask him! If he says yes you know he's crooked.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It is following the line of least resistance that makes men and rivers crooked.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    “The path of least resistance makes all rivers, and some men, 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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. Scand.; cf. Ice. krókr, Dan. krog.


In literature:

They are making for Crooked River.
"Field and Forest" by Oliver Optic
Met with Richard Crook.
"A Journey to America in 1834" by Robert Heywood
You've got to run a crook business in an honest way if you want to escape the law and pay big dividends.
"Jack O' Judgment" by Edgar Wallace
Perhaps the crooks have decided to operate in Bloomfield.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
My name's Crook McKusick.
"The Innocents" by Sinclair Lewis
I don't mean to brag, but I suppose there isn't a really first-rate crook in the country that I don't know.
"The Madness of May" by Meredith Nicholson
The crooks will probably have disposed of all their stolen property before they're caught.
"The Radio Boys Trailing a Voice" by Allen Chapman
They say the river's as crooked as a ram's horn.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
To tell the truth, Sunday afternoon is generally rather a lonesome time to Tim Crooke.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
A very early term for crooked timber.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
His skin was coal black, his lips so thick they curled both ways up and down with crooked blood marks across them.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
There was a little crooked window beside it, and another in the easterly wall.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
He named the Crooked Falls, too, and that stuck.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
JAGUAR, with crooked legs, i.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
He shouted as it slipped smoothly through the guiding crook of his finger and went soaring skyward as if it would never stop.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
These Hardmans are crooked.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
The stem elongated, solid, crooked, twisted, fibrous, tapering at the base, pallid-brownish or flesh color.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Here, I crook the little one.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
Of course a crook is a crook.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
There's been crooked work.
"Curly" by Roger Pocock

In poetry:

"O stand, stand at the window
As the tears scald and start;
You shall love your crooked neighbour
With your crooked heart."
"As I Walked Out One Evening" by W H Auden
Doon frae Jerus'lem a traveller took
The laigh road to Jericho;
It had an ill name an' mony a crook,
It was lang an' unco how.
"Godly Ballants" by George MacDonald
I lean upon my broken crook
And dream of sheep and grass and men —
O shameful eyes that cannot look
On any honest thing again!
"The Fourth Shepherd" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer
When sin disorders heavy brings,
That press thy soul with weight;
Then mind how many crooked things
Thy Husband has made straight.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
But if we trace those crooked ways
That the old serpent drew,
The wrath that drove him first to hell
Shall smite his followers too.
"Psalm 125" by Isaac Watts
My song has a crooked spine.
Should I break a bone
as I straighten it? Or birth its crookedness in
the dark where loneliness hides?
"Dark Where Loneliness Hides" by Tatamkhulu Afrika

In news:

Titus Andronicus, Crooked Fingers, Justin Townes Earle and the Belle Brigade, Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17.
Owner Karen Crook has developed more than 75 family skin care products.
The dry winds out West can be tough on skin – just ask Karen Crook, who grew up in a Texas oil family and was an Air Force missile launch officer in Wyoming.
Flaming Lips, Thurston Moore, and Crooked Fingers on the Guided by Voices tribute album .
TURCO IS TOPS – Barnstable girls volleyball head coach Tom Turco joins his 2011 team, Kayla Crook, Anna Strock, Holly Wilson, Meghan Mamlock, Regan Bristol, Colleen Koen, Hannah Andres, Colleen Kenney, Stephanie Martin, asst.
Books by Crooks, the Cold War and a Writer to Remember.
In his dotage, my old man (a chemistry PhD ) used to say, as he slowly stirred his martini with a crooked finger, "the more we know, the less we know.".
I'm unethical , but I'm not a crook.
When a cop chases a crook and kills an innocent bystander, who's to blame.
Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. A crook will make up just about any story to be able to steal your credit card number like impersonating a Wal-Mart worker.
With a femme fatale heroine, a doomed anti-hero, and a netherworld in which cops (well, OK, the fascist Guardia Civil) and crooks meet, the concept behind Opera Theatre's production has genuine merit.
Crooked contractors, radical overspending, and other stories of the military-industrial complex from the Atlantic archives.
Applications and full job description can be found at
FREDERICKSBURG, V.A.--A crook's plan to steal hundreds of dollars went up in smoke when the thief tried to blow up an ATM .
Pueblo police need help in catching a crook.

In science:

In a similar way, we define a spine σ for a crooked surface C.
Crooked surfaces and anti-de Sitter geometry
When C is the closure of a crooked plane C ∈ E3 , then σ equals the union σ ∪ {p∞}, where p∞ is the improper point.
Crooked surfaces and anti-de Sitter geometry
We relate this invariant to the parametrization of crooked surfaces by stem-configurations discussed in .
Crooked surfaces and anti-de Sitter geometry
In general triples (σ , p0 , p∞), where σ is a spacelike circle in Ein3 and p0 , p∞ ⊂ σ are distinct points, provide an alternate parametrization of crooked surfaces.
Crooked surfaces and anti-de Sitter geometry
Crooked surfaces. A crooked surface is a piecewise smooth hypersurface in Ein3 constructed as follows.
Crooked surfaces and anti-de Sitter geometry
The triple (p0 , p∞ ; σ) is equivalent to the stem-configuration (p0 , p∞ ; p1 , p2 ) and equally well determines the crooked surface C.
Crooked surfaces and anti-de Sitter geometry
Invariant crooked surfaces and adapted crooked surfaces.
Crooked surfaces and anti-de Sitter geometry
Suppose that C is a crooked surface invariant under the involution IS .
Crooked surfaces and anti-de Sitter geometry
The points p0 , p∞ are characterized by the property that the tangent cones of C at these points are crooked planes.
Crooked surfaces and anti-de Sitter geometry
The hinges ˆhi of the tangent cone C exponentiate to the hinges of the dAdS crooked plane bC.
Crooked surfaces and anti-de Sitter geometry
AdS in totally geodesic null surfaces, and the complements of the hinges in these planes will be halfplanes, one of which will be the wings of the crooked plane.
Crooked surfaces and anti-de Sitter geometry
Thus C is the closure of the double cover bC of an AdS-crooked plane C.
Crooked surfaces and anti-de Sitter geometry
Some additional insight is provided by using an alternative derivation of the FTs similar to the Crooks derivation [8, 9], where the total EP and its nonadiabatic part can be identified in terms of forward-backward tra jectory probabilities.
Entropy fluctuation theorems in driven open systems: application to electron counting statistics
Phys. 56 2536-40 Rowan S, Byer R L, Fejer M M, Route R K, Cagnoli G, Crooks D R M, Hough J, Sneddon P H and Winkler W 2003 Test mass materials for a new generation of gravitational wave detectors in Gravitational-Wave Detection.
On the mechanical quality factors of cryogenic test masses from fused silica and crystalline quartz
Crooks has shown subsumes many prob. distributions. The author’s models were developed independent of knowledge of either but priority must be acknowledged. • 5-parameter Models III & IV have not been solved but the log-exponential distributions (Notes, Table A5) discussed above are probably the preferred approach.
Summary Of Four Generalized Exponential Models (GEM) For Continuous Probability Distributions