Definition of crooked in English:

crooked

Line breaks: crook¦ed
Pronunciation: /ˈkrʊkɪd
 
/

adjective (crookeder, crookedest)

  • 3 (usually crooked on) Australian /NZ informal Annoyed; exasperated: ‘It’s not you I’m crooked on,’ he assured Vivien
    [ 1940s: from the phrase go crook 'become angry']

Derivatives

crookedly

adverb
More example sentences
  • When we spoke he smiled crookedly and seemed very happy to see us.
  • I couldn't help it and grinned crookedly at her.
  • Both frames hung crookedly against the painted surface.

crookedness

noun
More example sentences
  • He became so reckless in his deceptions and crookedness precisely because he believed himself to be untouchable.
  • ‘We had not realised our government was capable of such folly and such crookedness,’ thundered the leader.
  • The crookedness seemed to make his face even more handsome.

Origin

Middle English: from crook, probably modelled on Old Norse krókóttr 'crooked, cunning'.

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