Definition of

Crook

  1. (noun, artifact) a long staff with one end being hook shaped
  2. (noun, person) someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
  3. (noun, shape) a circular segment of a curve
    a crook in the path
  4. (verb, motion) bend or cause to bend
    the road curved sharply

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Crook

  1. early 13c., "hook-shaped instrument or weapon," from O.N. krokr "hook, corner," of obscure origin. Meaning of "swindler" is Amer.Eng., 1879, but crook "dishonest trick" was in M.E. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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