1. A bend, turn, or curve; curvature; flexure.
Through lanes, and crooks, and darkness. --Phaer.
2. Any implement having a bent or crooked end. Especially: (a) The staff used by a shepherd, the hook of which serves to hold a runaway sheep. (b) A bishop's staff of office. Cf. Pastoral staff.
He left his crook, he left his flocks. --Prior.
3. A pothook. “As black as the crook.”
4. An artifice; trick; tricky device; subterfuge.
For all yuor brags, hooks, and crooks. --Cranmer.
5. Mus. A small tube, usually curved, applied to a trumpet, horn, etc., to change its pitch or key.
6. A person given to fraudulent practices; an accomplice of thieves, forgers, etc. [Cant, U.S.]
By hook or by crook, in some way or other; by fair means or foul.
Crook v. t. [imp. & p. p. Crooked p. pr. & vb. n. Crooking.]
1. To turn from a straight line; to bend; to curve.
Crook the pregnant hinges of the knee. --Shak.
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. --Ascham.
What soever affairs pass such a man's hands, he crooketh them to his own ends. --Bacon.
Crook, v. i. To bend; to curve; to wind; to have a curvature. “ The port . . . crooketh like a bow.”
Their shoes and pattens are snouted, and piked more than a finger long, crooking upwards. --Camden.
n 1: someone who has committed (or been legally convicted of) a
crime [syn: criminal, felon, outlaw, malefactor]
2: a circular segment of a curve; "a bend in the road"; "a
crook in the path" [syn: bend, turn]
3: a long staff with one end being hook shaped [syn: shepherd's
v : bend or cause to bend; "He crooked his index finger"; "the
road curved sharply" [syn: curve]