crook Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “crook” in the English Dictionary

"crook" in British English

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uk   us   /krʊk/

crook noun (CRIMINAL)

[C] informal a very ​dishonestperson, ​especially a ​criminal or a ​cheat: These ​politicians are just a ​bunch of crooks.

crook noun (BEND)

the crook of your arm the inside ​part of ​yourarm where it ​bends

crook noun (STICK)

[C] a ​longstick with a ​curved end, ​especially one ​carried by a shepherd or a bishop


uk   us   /krʊk/ Australian English informal
bad or ​ill: I'm a ​bit crook at the ​moment.

crookverb [T]

uk   us   /krʊk/ old-fashioned
to ​bendyourarm or ​finger: She ​delicately crooked her little ​finger as she ​picked up her ​cup.
(Definition of crook from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"crook" in American English

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 us   /krʊk/

crook noun (BAD PERSON)

[C] a ​person who is ​dishonest, esp. someone who ​cheats or ​steals: She ​thinks all politicians are crooks.

crook noun (BENT PART)

[C usually sing] a ​bentpart of something, esp. the ​innerpart: Kids should ​learn to ​sneeze and ​cough into the crooks of ​theirelbows.
(Definition of crook from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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