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CROOKED

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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]

Meaning:

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

Context examples:

crooked country roads / crooked teeth

Similar:

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)

Also:

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)

Attribute:

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

Antonym:

straight (having no deviations)


Sense 2crooked [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive

Synonyms:

corrupt; crooked

Similar:

dishonest (lacking honesty and oblivious to what is honorable)

sneaky; underhand; underhanded (marked by deception)

Also:

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

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

Attribute:

honestness; honesty (the quality of being honest)

Antonym:

straight (characterized by honesty and fairness)


Sense 3crooked [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Irregular in shape or outline

Synonyms:

asymmetrical; crooked

Context examples:

asymmetrical features / a dress with an crooked hemline

Similar:

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


Sense 4crooked [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having the back and shoulders rounded; not erect

Synonyms:

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

Context example:

a little oldish misshapen stooping woman

Similar:

unerect (not upright in position or posture)


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