crook

/krʊk / (say krook)

noun
1. a bent or curved piece, appendage, etc.; a hook; the hooked part of anything.
2. an instrument or implement having a bent or curved part, as a shepherd's staff hooked at one end or as the crozier of a bishop or abbot.
3. the act of crooking or bending.
4. any bend, turn, or curve.
5. a device on some musical wind instruments for changing the pitch, consisting of a piece of tubing inserted into the main tube.
6. Colloquial a dishonest person, especially a swindler, or thief.
adjective Colloquial
7. sick; disabled: *Albert … wondered if the poor bugger was feeling crook. –joan lindsay, 1967.
8. bad; inferior.
9. unpleasant; difficult: *But it's pretty crook for you blokes doing all that work for nothing. –harold lewis, 1973.
10. broken; damaged.
11. dishonest; illegal: there was no crook element on the goldfield.
verb (t)
12. to bend; curve; make a crook in.
verb (i)
13. to bend; curve.
phrase Colloquial
14. be crook on, to be annoyed with.
15. crook as a (mangy) dog (or a dog's hind leg), feeling extremely unwell.
16. go crook,
a. to lose one's temper.
b. to cease to function properly: the fridge has gone crook.
17. go crook at (or on), to upbraid noisily: *She doesn' just go crook on yer, she flies f' the hair-brush –david malouf, 1984.
18. put someone crook, to give wrong or bad advice to someone.
{Middle English crok(e), from Old Norse; krōkr; def. 7 English dialect}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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