AskDefine | Define crook

Dictionary Definition



1 someone who has committed (or been legally convicted of) a crime [syn: criminal, felon, outlaw, malefactor]
2 a circular segment of a curve; "a bend in the road"; "a crook in the path" [syn: bend, turn]
3 a long staff with one end being hook shaped [syn: shepherd's crook] v : bend or cause to bend; "He crooked his index finger"; "the road curved sharply" [syn: curve]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • kɹʊk
  • Rhymes with: -ʊk


  1. A criminal who steals.
  2. A staff with a hook at one end, particularly one used by shepherds.
  3. A bend.
    She held the baby in the crook of her arm.


a criminal who steals
a staff with a hook at one end, particularly one used by shepherds
a bend

Derived terms


  1. To bend.
    He crooked his finger toward me.


to bend


  1. In the context of "AU|slang}} Ill, sick.

Extensive Definition

Crook can refer to the following:
  • Crooking is a verb to refer to the action of creating a bend or curve; for example, crooking a finger. Hence a crook may be anything that is crooked.
  • Crook, a slang term for a criminal or a person of questionable morality. Specifically it refers to someone who is corrupt and uses dishonest or unethical tactics to gain money. The adjective crooked can refer to such persons or actions. This version of the term may also be archaically used as a verb in reference to becoming a criminal or causing another to become a criminal.
  • Biblically, "crooked" meant "twisted", "corrupt", or "not straight".
  • Crooked Music (Schräge Musik) was a very effective firing system developed by the Germans in World War II which allowed their fighter aircraft to shoot down Allied bombers.
  • In Australian slang, crook (adjective) means unwell (amongst other meanings).




crook in German: Crook
crook in French: Crook

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