[kroo k] /krʊk/
sick or feeble.
out of order; functioning improperly.
a curved or hooked thing
a staff with a hooked end, such as a bishop’s crosier or shepherd’s staff
a turn or curve; bend
(informal) a dishonest person, esp a swindler or thief
the act or an instance of crooking or bending
Also called shank. a piece of tubing added to a brass instrument in order to obtain a lower harmonic series
to bend or curve or cause to bend or curve
(Austral & NZ, informal)
(Austral & NZ, informal) go crook, go off crook, to lose one’s temper
(Austral & NZ, informal) go crook at, go crook on, to rebuke or upbraid
early 13c., “hook-shaped instrument or weapon,” from Old Norse krokr “hook, corner,” cognate with Old High German kracho “hooked tool,” of obscure origin but perhaps related to a widespread group of Germanic kr- words meaning “bent, hooked.” Meaning “swindler” is American English, 1879, from crooked in figurative sense of “dishonest” (1708). Crook “dishonest trick” was in Middle English.
A habitual or professional criminal; a consistently dishonest person: The chief said, ”I’m not a crook” (1870s+)
To steal: He crooked my socks (1940s+)
In addition to the idioms beginning with crook crook one’s elbow
[kroo k-uh-ree] /ˈkrʊk ə ri/ noun 1. the activities and dealings of crooks; crooked practices.
noun, Physics. 1. the dark space between the cathode glow and the negative glow in a vacuum tube, occurring when the pressure is low.
[kroo k-sahyt] /ˈkrʊk saɪt/ noun 1. a rare mineral, selenide of copper, thallium, and silver, (Cu, Tl, Ag) 2 Se, occurring in steel-gray, compact masses.
- Crookes lens
noun 1. a type of lens, used in sunglasses, that is made from glass containing cerium. It reduces the transmission of ultraviolet radiation