adjective (crookeder, crookedest)
- 1Bent or twisted out of shape or out of place: his teeth were yellow and crookedMore example sentences
- The wing lost its crooked shape, becoming straight, but not without pain to its owner.
- There was this big logo on the wall shaped like a crooked cross with a big red sun in the middle.
- Some first or permanent teeth may be missing, abnormally shaped or crooked.
- 2 • informal Dishonest; illegal: a crooked business dealMore example sentences
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• informal shady, trickymalfeasant
- The people who perpetrated that buy-back scheme are despicable, deceitful, dishonest, and crooked.
- If this is true, then people are just naturally dishonest and crooked and downright rotten.
- Criminals of all hues from drug dealers to crooked business people are busy trying to convert hoarded pounds.
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- 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.
Middle English: from crook, probably modelled on Old Norse krókóttr 'crooked, cunning'.