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 Dictionary entry overview: What does crooked mean? 

CROOKED (adjective)
  The adjective CROOKED has 4 senses:

1. having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned
2. not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive
3. irregular in shape or outline
4. having the back and shoulders rounded; not erect

  Familiarity information: CROOKED used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

CROOKED (adjective)

Sense 1crooked [BACK TO TOP]


Having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned

Context examples:

crooked country roads / crooked teeth


gnarled; gnarly; knobbed; knotted; knotty (used of old persons or old trees; covered with knobs or knots)

malposed (characterized by malposition)

reflexed ((of leaves) bent downward and outward more than 90 degrees)

squiggly (wavy and twisting)

tortuous; twisting; twisty; voluminous; winding (marked by repeated turns and bends)

warped (used especially of timbers or boards; bent out of shape usually by moisture)

windblown (used especially of trees; growing in a shape determined by the prevailing winds)

wry (bent to one side)

zigzag (having short sharp turns or angles)

geniculate (bent at a sharp angle)

deflective; refractive (capable of changing the direction (of a light or sound wave))

contorted; writhed; writhen (twisted (especially as in pain or struggle))

contorted; distorted; twisted (strained or wrenched out of normal shape)

bent (altered from an originally straight condition)

bending (not remaining rigid or straight)

askew; awry; cockeyed; lopsided; skew-whiff; wonky (turned or twisted toward one side)

aquiline; hooked (curved down like an eagle's beak)

anfractuous (full of twists and turns)

akimbo ((used of arms and legs) bent outward with the joint away from the body)


coiled (curled or wound (especially in concentric rings or spirals))

indirect (not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination)


configuration; conformation; contour; form; shape (any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline))


straight (having no deviations)

Sense 2crooked [BACK TO TOP]


Not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive


corrupt; crooked


dishonest (lacking honesty and oblivious to what is honorable)

sneaky; underhand; underhanded (marked by deception)


dishonest; dishonorable (deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive)

unlawful (contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of law)


honestness; honesty (the quality of being honest)


straight (characterized by honesty and fairness)

Sense 3crooked [BACK TO TOP]


Irregular in shape or outline


asymmetrical; crooked

Context examples:

asymmetrical features / a dress with an crooked hemline


irregular (contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice)

Sense 4crooked [BACK TO TOP]


Having the back and shoulders rounded; not erect


stooping; hunched; round-backed; round-shouldered; stooped; crooked

Context example:

a little oldish misshapen stooping woman


unerect (not upright in position or posture)

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