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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CROOKED, pp. or a.
1. Bent; curved; curving; winding.
2. Winding in moral conduct; devious; froward; perverse; going out of the path of rectitude; given to obliquity or wandering from duty.
They are a perverse and crooked generation. Deutoronomy 32.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned; "crooked country roads"; "crooked teeth" [ant: straight]
2: not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive [syn: crooked, corrupt] [ant: square, straight]
3: irregular in shape or outline; "asymmetrical features"; "a dress with a crooked hemline" [syn: asymmetrical, crooked]
4: having the back and shoulders rounded; not erect; "a little oldish misshapen stooping woman" [syn: hunched, round- backed, round-shouldered, stooped, stooping, crooked]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Date: 13th century 1. not straight <a crooked road> <your tie is crooked> 2. dishonest <a crooked election> <crooked politicians> crookedly adverb crookedness noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. (crookeder, crookedest) 1 a not straight or level; bent, curved, twisted. b deformed, bent with age. 2 colloq. not straightforward; dishonest. 3 Austral. & NZ sl. = CROOK adj. 2. 4 (foll. by on) Austral. sl. hostile to. Derivatives: crookedly adv. crookedness n. Etymology: ME f. CROOK, prob. after ON krókóttr

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Crooked Crook"ed (kr??k"?d), a. 1. Characterized by a crook or curve; not straight; turning; bent; twisted; deformed. ``Crooked paths.'' --Locke. he is deformed, crooked, old, and sere. --Shak. 2. Not straightforward; deviating from rectitude; distorted from the right. They are a perverse and crooked generation. --Deut. xxxii. 5. 3. False; dishonest; fraudulent; as, crooked dealings. Crooked whisky, whisky on which the payment of duty has been fraudulently evaded. [Slang, U.S.] --Barlett.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Crook Crook (kr??k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Crooked (kr??kt); p. pr. & vb. n. Crooking.] [OE. croken; cf. Sw. kr?ka, Dan. kr?ge. See Crook, n.] 1. To turn from a straight line; to bend; to curve. Crook the pregnant hinges of the knee. --Shak. 2. To turn from the path of rectitude; to pervert; to misapply; to twist. [Archaic] There is no one thing that crooks youth more than such unlawfull games. --Ascham. What soever affairs pass such a man's hands, he crooketh them to his own ends. --Bacon.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. If you describe something as crooked, especially something that is usually straight, you mean that it is bent or twisted. ...the crooked line of his broken nose. ...a crooked little tree. ? straight ADJ 2. A crooked smile is uneven and bigger on one side than the other. Polly gave her a crooked grin. = lopsided ADJ crookedly Nick was smiling crookedly at her. ADV 3. If you describe a person or an activity as crooked, you mean that they are dishonest or criminal. (INFORMAL) ...a crooked cop... = bent ADJ

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

krook'-ed (`awah, `aqash, `aqalqal, `aqallathon, pethaltol; skolios): Primarily designates something that is bent, twisted or deformed (Isa 27:1; 45:2 the King James Version).


(1) It designates a course of action that deviates from rectitude, especially deceit, guile, hypocrisy (De 32:5; Pr 2:15; Ec 1:15; Lu 3:5; compare Php 2:15);

(2) trials (sent by God, Ec 7:13; La 3:9);

(3) difficulties (removed by God, Isa 42:16).

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Bent, curved, bowed, winding. 2. Distorted, twisted, wry, awry, askew, deformed, disfigured. 3. Perverse, contumacious, self-willed, capricious, froward. 4. Dishonest, unfair, dishonorable, knavish, unscrupulous, deceitful, tricky, insidious, crafty, intriguing, diplomatic, Machiavelian.

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