Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An implement or tool, such as a bishop's crosier or a shepherd's staff, with a bent or curved part.
  • n. A part that is curved or bent like a hook.
  • n. A curve or bend; a turn: a crook in the path.
  • n. Informal One who makes a living by dishonest methods.
  • transitive v. To make a crook in; bend.
  • intransitive v. To bend or curve. See Synonyms at bend1.
  • adj. Australian Out of order; faulty.
  • adj. Australian Not well; ill.
  • adj. Australian Of poor quality; inferior.
  • adj. Australian Not honest; crooked.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Bad, unsatisfactory, not up to standard.
  • adj. Ill, sick.
  • adj. Annoyed, angry; upset.
  • n. A bend; turn; curve; curvature; a flexure.
  • n. A bending of the knee; a genuflection.
  • n. A bent or curved part; a curving piece or portion (of anything).
  • n. A lock or curl of hair.
  • n. A gibbet.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A shepherd's crook; a staff with a semi-circular bend ("hook") at one end used by shepherds.
  • n. An artifice; a trick; a contrivance.
  • n. A person who steals, lies, cheats or does other dishonest or illegal things; a criminal.
  • v. To bend.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bend, turn, or curve; curvature; flexure.
  • n. Any implement having a bent or crooked end.
  • n. The staff used by a shepherd, the hook of which serves to hold a runaway sheep.
  • n. A bishop's staff of office. Cf. Pastoral staff.
  • n. A pothook.
  • n. An artifice; trick; tricky device; subterfuge.
  • n. A small tube, usually curved, applied to a trumpet, horn, etc., to change its pitch or key.
  • n. A person given to fraudulent practices; an accomplice of thieves, forgers, etc.
  • intransitive v. To bend; to curve; to wind; to have a curvature.
  • transitive v. To turn from a straight line; to bend; to curve.
  • transitive v. To turn from the path of rectitude; to pervert; to misapply; to twist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bend; cause to assume an angular or a curved form; make a curve or hook in.
  • To curl (hair). Ayenbite of Inwit, p. 176.
  • To turn; pervert; misapply.
  • To thwart.
  • To bend or be bent; be turned from a right line; curve; wind.
  • Specifically To bend the knee; crouch.
  • n. Any bend, turn, or curve; a curvature; a flexure: as, a crook in a river or in a piece of timber.
  • n. A bending of the knee; a genuflection.
  • n. A bent or curved part; a curving piece or portion of anything: as, the crook of a cane or of an umbrella-handle.
  • n. An instrument or implement having a crook, or distinguished by its curved form.
  • n. 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. A hook hung in an open chimney to support a pot or kettle; a pot-hook or trammel.
  • n. 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. A sickle.
  • n. A lock or curl of hair. Compare crocket.
  • n. A gibbet.
  • n. 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. An artifice; a trick; a contrivance.
  • n. A dishonest person; one who is crooked in conduct; a tricky or underhand schemer; a thief; a swindley.
  • n.
  • n. A name given to both the parenthesis ( ) and the square bracket [].

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a circular segment of a curve
  • n. a long staff with one end being hook shaped
  • n. someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
  • v. bend or cause to bend

Etymologies

Middle English crok, from Old Norse krōkr.
From crooked or crook1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English croke, crok, from Old English *crōc ("hook, bend, crook"), from Proto-Germanic *krōkaz (“bend, hook”), from Proto-Indo-European *greg- (“tracery, basket, bend”). Cognate with Dutch kreuk ("a bend, fold, wrinkle"), Middle Low German kroke, krake ("fold, wrinkle"), Danish krog ("crook, hook"), Swedish krok ("crook, hook"), Icelandic krókur ("hook"). (Wiktionary)
From crooked ("dishonestly come by"). (Wiktionary)

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  • crook in Australia is more likely to be used as an adjective to mean sick. The cook is crook is no indication of their criminality.

    June 3, 2012

  • "Either by hooke or crooke, by night or day."
    - Philip Stubbes, 'The Anatomie of Abuses', 1583.

    August 18, 2009