Definition of crooked in English:



  • 1Bent or twisted out of shape or out of place.

    ‘his teeth were yellow and crooked’
    • ‘Many are shaped like small potatoes but others are curiously long and curved like crooked sausages.’
    • ‘He stretched out, his arm bent and crooked, and grasped the paper in between his fingertips.’
    • ‘Some were crooked, some had curves in their build, and others had great holes in their sides.’
    • ‘He had cold blue eyes with pale blonde hair and a hooked crooked nose that made his feature ugly.’
    • ‘Rows of sharp, crooked teeth protruded from between the lips that were forever twisted in a frozen snarl.’
    • ‘Some first or permanent teeth may be missing, abnormally shaped or crooked.’
    • ‘It looked distorted and out of place with its crooked hands and bent face.’
    • ‘There was this big logo on the wall shaped like a crooked cross with a big red sun in the middle.’
    • ‘The youngest children were always afraid of him, for he looked so odd and menacing with his one eye, crooked back, hooked nose and black cloak.’
    • ‘Many of the shelves were old and crooked, weighed down over the years by books and trinkets his grandfather had collected.’
    • ‘The thick undergrowth spilled over rotting remnants of fences and a crooked signpost at the intersection of the drive.’
    • ‘The wing lost its crooked shape, becoming straight, but not without pain to its owner.’
    • ‘All the molding in the hallway is warped and crooked.’
    • ‘He has protruding or crooked teeth which affect the shape of his top lip.’
    • ‘The man had his back to her and was busily arranging mugs on a crooked wooden shelf.’
    • ‘His wife smiled, showing us her lovely, crooked teeth.’
    • ‘The furniture was the wrong shape - it was curved and crooked.’
    • ‘Heads up, shoulders back, there wasn't even a hint of a shirt sticking out, a crooked tie or a dirty shoe, as pupils smiled broadly at the President.’
    • ‘He handed the bowl and spoon to Ben and kept the plate for himself, pulling a bent and crooked little spoon of his own from his boot.’
    • ‘The second face was withered and ancient, with watery eyes peering out from above a crooked hooked nose.’
    bent, curved, twisted, contorted, warped, angled, bowed, hooked
    misshapen, deformed, malformed, out of shape, distorted, contorted, wry, gnarled, disfigured
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  • 2informal Dishonest; illegal.

    ‘a crooked business deal’
    • ‘The refugees' precarious situations, and their unfamiliarity with the claimant process, make them easy prey for crooked consultants.’
    • ‘Is the pharmaceutical industry a dangerous and crooked business that federal and state authorities need to bring to heel?’
    • ‘He believed he was a crooked, corrupt individual simply out for personal gain, and he was mostly right.’
    • ‘The media should be encouraged to do more investigative stories to expose the crooked and corrupt elements in the country.’
    • ‘Drugs arrive in federal prisons via crooked guards, are smuggled in by visitors or are tossed over the wall; the provincial jail system leaves more avenues open.’
    • ‘A little crooked at times, he takes high-profile business cases for the money, while finding the time to defend poor clients as well.’
    • ‘How can you begin to battle crime when so many cops are on the payrolls of criminals, be they drug pushers or crooked businessmen?’
    • ‘Based on the life of crooked gangsters in New York, the story was a huge success on the film screen.’
    • ‘But it's done nothing to silence the critics, who are still baying for a new, independent body to tackle crooked cops and underworld gangsters.’
    • ‘A crooked financier is facing jail over a £4.5m scam to trick hospitals, including two in Yorkshire.’
    • ‘Criminals of all hues from drug dealers to crooked business people are busy trying to convert hoarded pounds.’
    • ‘If this is true, then people are just naturally dishonest and crooked and downright rotten.’
    • ‘A pair of thugs demand that she tell them where she keeps the stash of diamonds they are certain her crooked father left her.’
    • ‘As history shows, criminals and crooked cops collude where opportunity takes them.’
    • ‘The people who perpetrated that buy-back scheme are despicable, deceitful, dishonest, and crooked.’
    • ‘From the start he exploited the over-work, underfunding and inefficiency then endemic in many hospital accounts departments for his own crooked ends.’
    • ‘She mumbled back, ‘So tell me, who hired you and your crooked band of thugs this time?’’
    • ‘Will there still be questions about crooked politicians?’
    • ‘I played a crooked game and I have lost.’
    • ‘One of the first things on his agenda was to issue orders to crack down on crooked police officers and drug related crimes.’
    criminal, illegal, unlawful, questionable, dubious, nefarious
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  • 3usually crooked onNZ Australian informal Annoyed; exasperated.

    ‘‘It's not you I'm crooked on,’ he assured Vivien’


Middle English: from crook, probably modelled on Old Norse krókóttr ‘crooked, cunning’.