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crook

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

crook \crook\ (kr[oo^]k), noun [OE. crok; akin to Icel. kr[=o]kr hook, bend, SW. krok, Dan. krog, OD. krooke; or cf. Gael. crocan crook, hook, W. crwca crooked. Cf. {Crosier}, {Crotchet}, {Crutch}, {Encroach}.]

1. A bend, turn, or curve; curvature; flexure.

Through lanes, and crooks, and darkness. --Phaer.

2. Any implement having a bent or crooked end. Especially: (a) The staff used by a shepherd, the hook of which serves to hold a runaway sheep. (b) A bishop's staff of office. Cf. {Pastoral staff}.

He left his crook, he left his flocks. --Prior.

3. A pothook. "As black as the crook." --Sir W. Scott.

4. An artifice; trick; tricky device; subterfuge.

For all yuor brags, hooks, and crooks. --Cranmer.

5. (Mus.) A small tube, usually curved, applied to a trumpet, horn, etc., to change its pitch or key.

6. A person given to fraudulent practices; an accomplice of thieves, forgers, etc. [Cant, U.S.]

{By hook or by crook}, in some way or other; by fair means or foul.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Crook \Crook\ (kr??k), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Crooked} (kr??kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Crooking}.] [OE. croken; cf. Sw. kr?ka, Dan. kr?ge. See Crook, noun]

1. To turn from a straight line; to bend; to curve.

Crook the pregnant hinges of the knee. --Shak.

2. To turn from the path of rectitude; to pervert; to misapply; to twist. [Archaic]

There is no one thing that crooks youth more than such unlawfull games. --Ascham.

What soever affairs pass such a man's hands, he crooketh them to his own ends. --Bacon.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Crook \Crook\, verb (used without an object) To bend; to curve; to wind; to have a curvature. " The port . . . crooketh like a bow." --Phaer.

Their shoes and pattens are snouted, and piked more than a finger long, crooking upwards. --Camden.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

crook

noun

1: someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime [syn: {criminal}, {felon}, {crook}, {outlaw}, {malefactor}]

2: a circular segment of a curve; "a bend in the road"; "a crook in the path" [syn: {bend}, {crook}, {twist}, {turn}]

3: a long staff with one end being hook shaped [syn: {crook}, {shepherd's crook}]

verb

1: bend or cause to bend; "He crooked his index finger"; "the road curved sharply" [syn: {crook}, {curve}]

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