Word of the Day: crook

Word of the Day
June 6, 2016
crook (noun, verb)
/krʊk/  sound icon
These days, a lot of crooks use the Internet to commit crimes.
A crook is an instrument with a bent or curved part, such as a hook, or the hook part of anything. It is also a bend or curve, such as in the road, and, when we say the crook of the arm, we mean the inside part of the arm when we bend our elbows. A crook is also a dishonest person and a thief or robber. As a verb, crook means 'to bend.'


Example sentences
The shepherd used his crook to pull the lamb away from the road.
Linda hung up her umbrella by the crook of the handle.
Go straight on until you reach a crook in the road and you will see the house on your left.
Every morning, the cat eats her breakfast and then curls up in the crook of my arm.
The man running the investment scheme turned out to be a crook and a lot of people lost their money.
The road crooks sharply to the left when you reach the river.
Diana crooked her finger elegantly as she lifted her teacup.


Additional information
In Australia and New Zealand, crook is also an informal adjective that means 'ill' when used in reference to a person and 'out of order' when used in reference to a machine. In reference to taste, the weather, or the quality of something, it means 'unpleasant' or 'bad.' Example: "Barry was feeling really crook and he reckoned it was because he'd drunk some crook water." "Being ill made everything he ate and drank taste crook." "As if that wasn't bad enough, the weather was really crook and he had to walk to work because his car was crook too!"
Did you know?
The related adjective crooked refers to anything that is not straight, so if someone's smile turns the person's mouth up more at one side than the other, you could describe that as a crooked smile.
Crook dates back to the middle part of the 12th century and comes from the Old Norse word krāka, meaning 'hook,' through the Middle English word crok(e).
Crook in other languages
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