Definition of crooked in English:



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

    ‘his teeth were yellow and crooked’
    • ‘He had cold blue eyes with pale blonde hair and a hooked crooked nose that made his feature ugly.’
    • ‘All the molding in the hallway is warped and crooked.’
    • ‘The furniture was the wrong shape - it was curved and crooked.’
    • ‘He has protruding or crooked teeth which affect the shape of his top lip.’
    • ‘There was this big logo on the wall shaped like a crooked cross with a big red sun in the middle.’
    • ‘The second face was withered and ancient, with watery eyes peering out from above a crooked hooked nose.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The wing lost its crooked shape, becoming straight, but not without pain to its owner.’
    • ‘Many are shaped like small potatoes but others are curiously long and curved like crooked sausages.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Rows of sharp, crooked teeth protruded from between the lips that were forever twisted in a frozen snarl.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many of the shelves were old and crooked, weighed down over the years by books and trinkets his grandfather had collected.’
    • ‘The man had his back to her and was busily arranging mugs on a crooked wooden shelf.’
    • ‘It looked distorted and out of place with its crooked hands and bent face.’
    • ‘His wife smiled, showing us her lovely, crooked teeth.’
    • ‘The thick undergrowth spilled over rotting remnants of fences and a crooked signpost at the intersection of the drive.’
    • ‘Some first or permanent teeth may be missing, abnormally shaped or crooked.’
    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’
    • ‘If this is true, then people are just naturally dishonest and crooked and downright rotten.’
    • ‘From the start he exploited the over-work, underfunding and inefficiency then endemic in many hospital accounts departments for his own crooked ends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She mumbled back, ‘So tell me, who hired you and your crooked band of thugs this time?’’
    • ‘I played a crooked game and I have lost.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How can you begin to battle crime when so many cops are on the payrolls of criminals, be they drug pushers or crooked businessmen?’
    • ‘A crooked financier is facing jail over a £4.5m scam to trick hospitals, including two in Yorkshire.’
    • ‘The media should be encouraged to do more investigative stories to expose the crooked and corrupt elements in the country.’
    • ‘Is the pharmaceutical industry a dangerous and crooked business that federal and state authorities need to bring to heel?’
    • ‘Will there still be questions about crooked politicians?’
    • ‘Criminals of all hues from drug dealers to crooked business people are busy trying to convert hoarded pounds.’
    • ‘He believed he was a crooked, corrupt individual simply out for personal gain, and he was mostly right.’
    • ‘One of the first things on his agenda was to issue orders to crack down on crooked police officers and drug related crimes.’
    • ‘A little crooked at times, he takes high-profile business cases for the money, while finding the time to defend poor clients as well.’
    • ‘Based on the life of crooked gangsters in New York, the story was a huge success on the film screen.’
    • ‘The people who perpetrated that buy-back scheme are despicable, deceitful, dishonest, and crooked.’
    • ‘The refugees' precarious situations, and their unfamiliarity with the claimant process, make them easy prey for crooked consultants.’
    • ‘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.’
    criminal, illegal, unlawful, questionable, dubious, nefarious
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  • 3usually crooked onAustralian NZ 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.