1. Mist; smoke; damp [Prov. Eng.] [Written also roak, rook, and rouk.]
2. A vein of ore. [Pov.Eng.]
Rook n. Mist; fog. See Roke. [Obs.]
Rook, v. i. To squat; to ruck. [Obs.]
Rook, n. Chess One of the four pieces placed on the corner squares of the board; a castle.
1. Zool. A European bird (Corvus frugilegus) resembling the crow, but smaller. It is black, with purple and violet reflections. The base of the beak and the region around it are covered with a rough, scabrous skin, which in old birds is whitish. It is gregarious in its habits. The name is also applied to related Asiatic species.
The rook . . . should be treated as the farmer's friend. --Pennant.
2. A trickish, rapacious fellow; a cheat; a sharper.
Rook, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Rooked p. pr. & vb. n. Rooking.] To cheat; to defraud by cheating. “A band of rooking officials.”
n 1: (chess) the piece that can move any number of unoccupied
squares in a direction parallel to the sides of the
chessboard [syn: castle]
2: common gregarious Old World bird about the size and color of
the American crow [syn: Corvus frugilegus]
v : deprive of by deceit; "He swindled me out of my
inheritance"; "She defrauded the customers who trusted
her"; "the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little
change" [syn: victimize, swindle, goldbrick, nobble,
diddle, bunco, defraud, scam, mulct, gyp, con]