Adjective "crooked" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Bent or twisted out of shape or out of place.
  1. 'He handed the bowl and spoon to Ben and kept the plate for himself, pulling a bent and crooked little spoon of his own from his boot.'
  2. 'The furniture was the wrong shape - it was curved and crooked.'
  3. 'He has protruding or crooked teeth which affect the shape of his top lip.'
  4. 'Many of the shelves were old and crooked, weighed down over the years by books and trinkets his grandfather had collected.'
  5. 'All the molding in the hallway is warped and crooked.'
  6. 'The man had his back to her and was busily arranging mugs on a crooked wooden shelf.'
  7. 'Some were crooked, some had curves in their build, and others had great holes in their sides.'
  8. 'The youngest children were always afraid of him, for he looked so odd and menacing with his one eye, crooked back, hooked nose and black cloak.'
  9. 'The thick undergrowth spilled over rotting remnants of fences and a crooked signpost at the intersection of the drive.'
  10. 'Heads up, shoulders back, there wasn't even a hint of a shirt sticking out, a crooked tie or a dirty shoe, as pupils smiled broadly at the President.'
Dishonest; illegal.
  1. 'The media should be encouraged to do more investigative stories to expose the crooked and corrupt elements in the country.'
  2. 'If this is true, then people are just naturally dishonest and crooked and downright rotten.'
  3. 'The refugees' precarious situations, and their unfamiliarity with the claimant process, make them easy prey for crooked consultants.'
  4. 'She mumbled back, ‘So tell me, who hired you and your crooked band of thugs this time?’'
  5. 'Drugs arrive in federal prisons via crooked guards, are smuggled in by visitors or are tossed over the wall; the provincial jail system leaves more avenues open.'
  6. 'A pair of thugs demand that she tell them where she keeps the stash of diamonds they are certain her crooked father left her.'
  7. 'Criminals of all hues from drug dealers to crooked business people are busy trying to convert hoarded pounds.'
  8. 'Based on the life of crooked gangsters in New York, the story was a huge success on the film screen.'
  9. 'I played a crooked game and I have lost.'
  10. 'How can you begin to battle crime when so many cops are on the payrolls of criminals, be they drug pushers or crooked businessmen?'
Annoyed; exasperated.


    1. not straight; bending; curved: a crooked path.

    2. askew; awry: The picture on the wall seems to be crooked.

    3. deformed: a man with a crooked back.

    4. not straightforward; dishonest.

    5. bent and often raised or moved to one side, as a finger or neck.

    6. (of a coin) polygonal: a crooked sixpence.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "knots can be crooked in mirrors."

    "smiles can be crooked."

    "schemes can be crooked."

    "teeth can be crooked."

    "sticks can be crooked."

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    Middle English: from crook, probably modelled on Old Norse krókóttr ‘crooked, cunning’.