1. To turn from a straight line; to bend; to curve.
Crook the pregnant hinges of the knee.
2. To turn from the path of rectitude; to pervert; to misapply; to twist. [Archaic]
There is no one thing that crooks youth more than such unlawfull games.
What soever affairs pass such a man's hands, he crooketh them to his own ends.
(Crook), v. i. To bend; to curve; to wind; to have a curvature. " The port . . . crooketh like a
Their shoes and pattens are snouted, and piked more than a finger long, crooking upwards.
(Crook"back`) n. A crooked back; one who has a crooked or deformed back; a hunchback.
(Crook"back`), a. Hunched. Shak.
(Crook"bill`) n. (Zoöl) A New Zealand plover (Anarhynchus frontalis), remarkable for having
the end of the beak abruptly bent to the right.
1. Characterized by a crook or curve; not straight; turning; bent; twisted; deformed. "Crooked paths." Locke.
he is deformed, crooked, old, and sere.
2. Not straightforward; deviating from rectitude; distorted from the right.
They are a perverse and crooked generation.
Deut. xxxii. 5.
3. False; dishonest; fraudulent; as, crooked dealings.
Crooked whisky, whisky on which the payment of duty has been fraudulently evaded. [Slang, U.S.]
(Crook"ed*ly), adv. In a curved or crooked manner; in a perverse or untoward manner.
(Crook"ed*ness), n. The condition or quality of being crooked; hence, deformity of body or
of mind; deviation from moral rectitude; perverseness.
(Crook"en) v. t. To make crooked. [Obs.]
(Crookes" tube`) (Phys.) A vacuum tube in which the exhaustion is carried to a very high
degree, with the production of a distinct class of effects; so called from W. Crookes who introduced it.
(Croon) v. i. [OE. croinen, cf. D. kreunen to moan. &radic24.]
1. To make a continuous hollow moan, as cattle do when in pain. [Scot.] Jamieson.
2. To hum or sing in a low tone; to murmur softly.
Here an old grandmother was crooning over a sick child, and rocking it to and fro.
(Croon), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Crooned (kr&oomacnd); p. pr. & vb. n. Crooning.]