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.

Definitions of crooked
  1. adjective
    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)
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    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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  2. adjective
    irregular in shape or outline
    “a dress with a crooked hemline”
    synonyms: asymmetrical
    irregular
    contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice
  3. adjective
    having the back and shoulders rounded; not erect
    synonyms: hunched, round-backed, round-shouldered, stooped, stooping
    unerect
    not upright in position or posture
  4. adjective
    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
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    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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