Definitions

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

  • adj. Having or marked by bends, curves, or angles.
  • adj. Informal Dishonest or unscrupulous; fraudulent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of crook.
  • adj. Not straight; having one or more bends or angles.
  • adj. Set at an angle; not vertical or square.
  • adj. Dishonest or illegal; corrupt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Characterized by a crook or curve; not straight; turning; bent; twisted; deformed.
  • adj. Not straightforward; deviating from rectitude; distorted from the right.
  • adj. False; dishonest; fraudulent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Bent; having angles or curves; deviating from a straight line; curved; curving; winding.
  • Not straight, in a figurative sense, especially as regards rectitude of conduct; not upright or straightforward; not honest; wrong; perverse; cross-grained.
  • 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.
  • Synonyms Bowed, awry, askew, deformed, distorted.
  • Deceitful, tricky, dishonorable, knavish. See irregular.

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

  • adj. irregular in shape or outline
  • adj. not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive
  • adj. having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned
  • adj. having the back and shoulders rounded; not erect

Etymologies

From crook, equivalent to crook +‎ -ed. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English croked, crokid, past participle of croken ("to crook, bend"). Cognate with Danish kroget ("crooked"). More at crook. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If this finger is crooked, then these weaknesses are all the more emphasised, but if formed _crooked and long_ the power of eloquence is also crooked.

    Palmistry for All

  • And I just want to ask you very quickly, though, about the president's point, that if, in going after what he called crooked doctors, one can use administrative subpoenas without going through a judge and a jury, why isn't that appropriate to go after suspected terrorists?

    CNN Transcript Sep 10, 2003

  • WUKAN, China Reuters - Protesting Chinese villagers on Sunday demanded that central leaders defuse grievances about what they called crooked land deals and a suspicious death, as a revolt that has tested Communist Party authority in this semi-rural area neared its second week.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Well, I guess if being crooked is good enough for Illinois, it's good enough for the U.S.

    New RNC radio spots hit Blue Dog Dems

  • "So crooked is this Malik character I don't trust him as far as I can throw my car."

    Lance Mannion:

  • Hillary is personally involved in crooked land deals, insider trading, illegal campaign contributions, firing of white house travel agency, and a ridiculous health care plan but we want to talk about what some preacher has said in a sermon.

    Obama says he's 'outraged' with pastor's comments

  • I call it crooked, but hey, each to his own, ronk.

    Sound Politics: Cantwell's Campaign Should Pay Its Debts

  • And the Bug sang in crooked words, so that those who listened knew that the swarm was the Sea Valley tribe, that the bears were the Meat-Eaters, and that the lazy wasp was Split-Nose.

    The Strength of the Strong

  • The destruction of those who walk in crooked ways will contribute to the peace and safety of the church.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

  • That nothing is more offensive to God than hypocrisy and double-dealing, for these are signified by the word which we translate frowardness, pretending justice, but intending wrong, walking in crooked ways, to avoid discovery.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

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  • This one is as crooked as a dog's hind leg. - Columbo

    March 23, 2009

  • "You should love your crooked neighbor with your crooked heart."- W.H. Auden, As I Walked Out One Evening.

    November 3, 2008