Definition of crooked in English:

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crooked

Pronunciation: /ˈkro͝okəd/

adjective (crookeder, crookedest)

1Bent or twisted out of shape or out of place: his teeth were yellow and crooked
More 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.
Synonyms
2 informal Dishonest or illegal: a crooked business deal
More example sentences
  • 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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Derivatives

crookedly

Pronunciation: /ˈkro͝okədlē/
adverb
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

Pronunciation: /ˈkro͝okədnəs/
noun
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 modeled on Old Norse krókóttr 'crooked, cunning'.

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Syllabification: crook·ed

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