[kroo k] /krʊk/
a bent or curved implement, piece, appendage, etc.; hook.
the hooked part of anything.
an instrument or implement having a bent or curved part, as a shepherd’s staff hooked at one end or the crosier of a bishop or abbot.
a dishonest person, especially a sharper, swindler, or thief.
a bend, turn, or curve:
a crook in the road.
the act of crooking or bending.
Also called shank. a device on some musical wind instruments for changing the pitch, consisting of a piece of tubing inserted into the main tube.
verb (used with object)
to bend; curve; make a crook in.
Slang. to steal, cheat, or swindle:
She crooked a ring from that shop.
verb (used without object)
to bend; curve.
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-nek] /ˈkrʊkˌnɛk/ noun 1. any of several varieties of squash having a long, recurved . 2. any plant bearing such fruit.
noun 1. . noun 1. a rafter for maintaining the angle between a principal rafter and a tie or collar beam. 2. a rafter bent downward at the lower end.
- Crook the elbow
verb phrase Related Terms bend the elbow
/kruːl/ verb (Austral, slang) 1. (transitive) to spoil: don’t crool your chances 2. crool someone’s pitch, to spoil an opportunity for someone