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  • n. The state of being crooked

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The condition or quality of being crooked; hence, deformity of body or of mind; deviation from moral rectitude; perverseness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A winding, bending, or turning; curvature; inflection.
  • n. Want of rectitude; dishonesty; perverseness; obliquity of conduct.
  • n. Physical deformity.

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

  • n. a tortuous and twisted shape or position
  • n. the quality of being deceitful and underhanded
  • n. having or distinguished by crooks or curves or bends or angles


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  • Now sticks are bent by the fire, because that draws the moisture, and so the crookedness is a violent distortion; but the natural heat nourishes and preserves the body.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • He may be innocent of one kind of crookedness, and be so mixed up in another that he cannot prove he is innocent of either.

    Jack O' Judgment

  • In the many poolrooms then existing throughout the country and especially in the larger cities great sums of money were wagered on the result of the various contests, and as a result "crookedness" on the part of various players was being charged, and though these charges were vigorously denied by those interested the denials carried but little weight in view of the in-and-out performances of the teams in which they were engaged.

    A Ball Player's Career Being the Personal Experiences and Reminiscensces of Adrian C. Anson

  • He had one redeeming feature, however -- a pair of blue eyes that looked straight at you and made you feel that there was no "crookedness" behind them.

    Driven Back to Eden

  • "crookedness" of others 'crooked little homes and cats, and straighten our own soap dishes every time we pass them?

    regle - French Word-A-Day

  • "crookedness" of others' crooked little homes and cats, and straighten our own soap dishes every time we pass them?

    regle - French Word-A-Day

  • Since Doral, there had been a steady regression in ball striking back to the kind of crookedness that characterized his 2004 season, during which he was learning Haney’s unique principles.


  • "crookedness" or dishonesty in his dealings to slam him with.


  • He has a way of looking straight at one with utmost frankness while he talks, and yet it is at such moments I get most strongly the impression of crookedness.


  • We had not believed our government was capable of such folly and crookedness.

    BBC hopes newsroom drama will be UK answer to Mad Men


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