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1‘the village was a maze of crooked streets’
winding, twisting, zigzag, meandering, deviating, sinuous, tortuous, serpentine, irregular
2‘the signpost was crooked’
bent, curved, twisted, contorted, warped, angled, bowed, hooked
3‘the poor boy has a crooked back’
misshapen, deformed, malformed, out of shape, distorted, contorted, wry, gnarled, disfigured
hunched, humped, bowed, curved
4‘the picture over the bed looked crooked’
lopsided, askew, awry, to one side, off-centre, uneven, unsymmetrical, asymmetrical, asymmetric, not straight, out of true, out of line, on one side, tilted, at an angle, angled, slanted, aslant, slanting, sloping, squint
Scottish agley, thrawn
British informal skew-whiff, wonky, squiffy
5‘his business had almost certainly been crooked’
criminal, illegal, unlawful, questionable, dubious, nefarious
dishonest, dishonourable, unscrupulous, unprincipled, amoral, untrustworthy, crafty, deceitful, shifty, Janus-faced, underhand
corrupt, corruptible, buyable, venal, grafting, swindling, fraudulent
British bent, dodgy
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