crook

Definition of crook

Pronunciation: kr??k
n.1.A bend, turn, or curve; curvature; flexure.
Through lanes, and crooks, and darkness.
- Phaer.
2.Any implement having a bent or crooked end.
He left his crook, he left his flocks.
- Prior.
3.A pothook.
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.
By hook or by crook
in some way or other; by fair means or foul.
v. t.1.To turn from a straight line; to bend; to curve.
[imp. & p. p. Crooked (kr??kt); p. pr. & vb. n. Crooking.]
Crook the pregnant hinges of the knee.
- Shak.
2.To turn from the path of rectitude; to pervert; to misapply; to twist.
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.
v. i.1.To bend; to curve; to wind; to have a curvature.
Their shoes and pattens are snouted, and piked more than a finger long, crooking upwards.
- Camden.

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