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A crooked building.

Etymology 1[edit]

From crook, equivalent to crook +‎ -ed.


  • enPR: kro͝okt, IPA(key): /kɹʊkt/
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  • Rhymes: -ʊkt



  1. simple past and past participle of crook

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English croked, crokid, past participle of croken (to crook, bend). Cognate with Danish kroget (crooked). More at crook.


  • enPR: kro͝ok'ĭd, IPA(key): /ˈkɹʊkɪd/
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    pronunciation refers to adjective form.
  • Rhymes: -ʊkɪd


crooked (comparative more crooked, superlative most crooked)

  1. Not straight; having one or more bends or angles.
    We walked up the crooked path to the top of the hill.
  2. Set at an angle; not vertical or square.
    That picture is crooked - could you straighten it up for me?
  3. (figuratively) Dishonest or illegal; corrupt.
    He was trying to interest me in another one of his crooked deals.
    • 2004, Peter Bondanella, chapter 4, in Hollywood Italians: Dagos, Palookas, Romeos, Wise Guys, and Sopranos, pages 173–174:
      During the height of Italian immigration in the United States and in New York City, gangs flourished not only because of poverty but also because of political and social corruption. Policemen and politicians were often as crooked as the gang leaders themselves.
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