crooked

Something crooked is not straight, like a trail through the woods, or your cousin's unfortunate set of teeth.

Crook is a Middle English verb meaning "bend," which comes from the Norse for hook. So crooked means "bent out of shape or curving around sharply." A picture hanging diagonally on the wall is crooked, and so is a hunchback's spine. We also use crooked metaphorically to talk about being bent out of moral shape, so to speak. A crooked politician is dishonest and takes bribes, and crooked businessmen steal from unsuspecting clients.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: crooked

1
adj
having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned
2
adj
not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: crooked
1

adj having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned

crooked country roads”
crooked teeth”
Synonyms
indirect
not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination
akimbo
(used of arms and legs) bent outward with the joint away from the body
anfractuous
full of twists and turns
aquiline, hooked
curved down like an eagle's beak
askew, awry, cockeyed, lopsided, skew-whiff, wonky
turned or twisted toward one side
contorted, writhed, writhen
twisted (especially as in pain or struggle)
deflective, refractive
capable of changing the direction (of a light or sound wave)
geniculate
bent at a sharp angle
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
zig-zag, zigzag
having short sharp turns or angles
coiled
curled or wound (especially in concentric rings or spirals)
Antonyms:
straight
having no deviations
direct
direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short
perpendicular, vertical
at right angles to the plane of the horizon or a base line
aligned
in a straight line
unbent
not bent
untwisted
not twisted; formerly twisted but now straight
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adj irregular in shape or outline

“a dress with a crooked hemline”
Synonyms:
asymmetrical
irregular
contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice

adj having the back and shoulders rounded; not erect

Synonyms:
hunched, round-backed, round-shouldered, stooped, stooping
unerect
not upright in position or posture
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adj not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive

Synonyms:
corrupt
dishonest, dishonorable
deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive
unlawful
contrary to or prohibited by or defiant of law
sneaky, underhand, underhanded
marked by deception
Antonyms:
square, straight
characterized by honesty and fairness
honest, honorable
not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent
lawful
conformable to or allowed by law
aboveboard, straightforward
without concealment or deception; honest
guileless, transparent
free of deceit
straightarrow
conventionally moral and upright
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