Meaning of CROOKED in English


crook ‧ ed /ˈkrʊkəd, ˈkrʊkɪd/ BrE AmE adjective

1 . bent, twisted, or not in a straight line OPP straight

crooked smile/grin

His lips curled into a crooked smile.

Your tie’s crooked.

narrow crooked streets

2 . dishonest:

a crooked cop

—crookedly adverb

—crookedness noun [uncountable]

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▪ bent no longer straight:

The knife was bent in the middle.


a bent nail


She kept her head bent so that Josie couldn't see her face.

▪ twisted having a bent shape that turns around - used especially when something has been damaged or is old and has lost its natural straight shape:

a twisted tree trunk


All that was left was a pile of twisted metal.


His knee was all twisted.


a twisted ankle

▪ curved bent in the shape of part of a circle, especially naturally or because something has been made that way:

The bird has a long curved bill.


a curved dagger


The plane's wings are curved.

▪ warped bent or twisted into the wrong shape because of heat or dryness:

warped floorboards


The windows are warped and won't open anymore.

▪ crooked not straight, but bending sharply in one or more places, especially in a way that looks different from normal or does not look right - often used about a part of someone's body, a path, or a picture:

He had crooked teeth.


her crooked nose and long thin face


The boys at school used to make fun of me because I have a crooked spine.


The picture looks crooked - can you move it up on the left?


a crooked path


the narrow crooked streets of the financial district

▪ wavy having smooth bends in it, usually in a regular pattern – used about hair or lines:

her brown wavy hair


The pictures were separated by a thin wavy line.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.