crook definition

  • noun:
    • An implement or device, including a bishop's crosier or a shepherd's staff, with a bent or curved part.
    • a component that is curved or bent like a hook.
    • A curve or flex; a turn: a crook within the path.
    • Informal a person who tends to make a living by dishonest methods.
    • A bend; turn; curve; curvature; a flexure.
    • A bending for the knee; a genuflection.
    • A bent or curved component; a curving piece or section (of something).
    • A lock or curl of hair.
    • A gibbet.
    • A support ray composed of a post with a cross-beam resting upon it; a bracket or truss consisting of a vertical piece, a horizontal piece, and a-strut.
    • A shepherd's crook; an employee with a semi-circular fold ("hook") at one end used by shepherds.
    • An artifice; a trick; a contrivance.
    • someone who steals, lies, cheats or does other dishonest or unlawful things; a criminal.
    • A bend, change, or curve; curvature; flexure.
    • Any implement having a bent or crooked end.
    • The staff used by a shepherd, the hook which serves to put up a runaway sheep.
    • A bishop's staff of company. Cf. Pastoral staff.
    • A pothook.
    • An artifice; technique; difficult product; subterfuge.
    • a little pipe, usually curved, applied to a trumpet, horn, etc., to alter its pitch or key.
    • one fond of fraudulent methods; an accomplice of thieves, forgers, etc.
    • Any bend, turn, or bend; a curvature; a flexure: since, a crook in a river or perhaps in a piece of timber.
    • A bending associated with the leg; a genuflection.
    • A bent or curved part; a curving piece or part of any such thing: as, the crook of a cane or of an umbrella-handle.
    • a guitar or apply having a crook, or distinguished by its curved type.
    • The pastoral staff of a bishop or an abbot, fashioned by means of a shepherd's staff, as symbolic of their sway over and look after their flock. These types of staves are usually gilt, ornamented with jewels, and enriched by carving, etc. Compare pastoral staff, under staff.
    • A hook hung in an open chimney to aid a pot or kettle; a pot-hook or trammel.
    • In music: a brief pipe, either curved or straight, that may be placed into various steel wind-instruments to be able to lengthen their pipe, and therefore lower their fundamental tone or secret. The curved steel pipe amongst the mouthpiece plus the human anatomy of a bassoon.
    • A sickle.
    • A lock or curl of tresses. Compare crocket.
    • A gibbet.
    • A support comprising a post or pile with a cross-beam resting upon it; a bracket or truss composed of a vertical piece, a horizontal piece, and a strut.
    • An artifice; a trick; a contrivance.
    • A dishonest individual; one that is crooked in conduct; a tricky or underhand schemer; a thief; a swindley.
    • A name fond of both parenthesis ( ) while the square bracket [].
    • a circular part of a curve
    • an extended staff with one end being hook shaped
    • someone who has committed a crime or happens to be lawfully found guilty of a crime
  • verb-transitive:
    • In order to make a crook in; bend.
    • to make from a straight range; to flex; to curve.
    • to show from the road of rectitude; to pervert; to misapply; to perspective.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To bend or curve. See Synonyms at bend1.
    • To fold; to curve; to wind; having a curvature.
  • adjective:
    • Australian out-of-order; faulty.
    • Australian perhaps not well; sick.
    • Australian Of poor quality; inferior.
    • Australian Not truthful; crooked.
    • Bad, unsatisfactory, maybe not as much as standard.
    • Ill, sick.
    • Annoyed, mad; upset.
  • verb:
    • To bend.
    • flex or cause to flex
  • others:
    • To flex; cause to believe an angular or a curved type; make a curve or hook in.
    • To curl (tresses). Ayenbite of Inwit, p. 176.
    • To turn; pervert; misapply.
    • To thwart.
    • To fold or be bent; be switched from the right range; bend; wind.
    • Specifically To bend the knee; crouch.

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