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 Dictionary entry overview: What does crook mean? 

CROOK (noun)
  The noun CROOK has 3 senses:

1. someone who has committed (or been legally convicted of) a crime
2. a circular segment of a curve
3. a long staff with one end being hook shaped

  Familiarity information: CROOK used as a noun is uncommon.

CROOK (verb)
  The verb CROOK has 1 sense:

1. bend or cause to bend

  Familiarity information: CROOK used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

CROOK (noun)

Sense 1crook [BACK TO TOP]


Someone who has committed (or been legally convicted of) a crime

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


outlaw; malefactor; felon; crook; criminal

Hypernyms ("crook" is a kind of...):

offender; wrongdoer (a person who transgresses moral or civil law)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "crook"):

accessary; accessory (someone who helps another person commit a crime)

liquidator; manslayer; murderer (a criminal who commits homicide (who performs the unlawful premeditated killing of another human being))

parolee; probationer (someone released on probation or on parole)

drug dealer; drug peddler; drug trafficker; peddler; pusher (an unlicensed dealer in illegal drugs)

racketeer (someone who commits crimes for profit (especially one who obtains money by fraud or extortion))

raper; rapist (someone who forces another to have sexual intercourse)

habitual criminal; recidivist; repeater (someone who is repeatedly arrested for criminal behavior (especially for the same criminal behavior))

scofflaw (one who habitually ignores the law and does not answer court summonses)

contrabandist; moon curser; moon-curser; runner; smuggler (someone who imports or exports without paying duties)

stealer; thief (a criminal who takes property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping it or selling it)

traitor; treasonist (someone who betrays his country by committing treason)

law offender; lawbreaker; violator (someone who violates the law)

gangster's moll; gun moll; moll (the girl friend of a gangster)

mafioso (a member of the Mafia crime syndicate in the United States)

abductor; kidnaper; kidnapper; snatcher (someone who unlawfully seizes and detains a victim (usually for ransom))

arsonist; firebug; incendiary (a criminal who illegally sets fire to property)

blackmailer; extortioner; extortionist (a criminal who extorts money from someone by threatening to expose embarrassing information about them)

bootlegger; moonshiner (someone who makes or sells illegal liquor)

briber; suborner (someone who pays (or otherwise incites) you to commit a wrongful act)

coconspirator; conspirator; machinator; plotter (a member of a conspiracy)

desperado; desperate criminal (a bold outlaw (especially on the American frontier))

fugitive; fugitive from justice (someone who is sought by law officers; someone trying to elude justice)

gangster; mobster (a criminal who is a member of gang)

highbinder (a corrupt politician)

highjacker; hijacker (someone who uses force to take over a vehicle (especially an airplane) in order to reach an alternative destination)

goon; hood; hoodlum; punk; strong-armer; thug; tough; toughie (an aggressive and violent young criminal)

Instance hyponyms:

MacGregor; Rob Roy; Robert MacGregor (Scottish clan leader and outlaw who was the subject of a 1817 novel by Sir Walter Scott (1671-1734))

James; Jesse James (United States outlaw who fought as a Confederate soldier and later led a band of outlaws that robbed trains and banks in the West until he was murdered by a member of his own gang (1847-1882))

Billie the Kid; Bonney; William H. Bonney (United States outlaw who was said to have killed 21 men (1859-1881))

Sense 2crook [BACK TO TOP]


A circular segment of a curve

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes


bend; turn; crook; twist

Context examples:

a bend in the road / a crook in the path

Hypernyms ("crook" is a kind of...):

curve; curved shape (the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "crook"):

bight (a bend or curve (especially in a coastline))

Sense 3crook [BACK TO TOP]


A long staff with one end being hook shaped

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


shepherd's crook; crook

Hypernyms ("crook" is a kind of...):

staff (a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose)

CROOK (verb)

Sense 1crook [BACK TO TOP]


Bend or cause to bend

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming


crook; curve

Context examples:

He crooked his index finger / the road curved sharply

Hypernyms (to "crook" is one way to...):

bend; flex (form a curve)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "crook"):

recurve (curve or bend (something) back or down)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something

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