crook 1 (krk)
1. An implement or tool, such as a bishop's crosier or a shepherd's staff, with a bent or curved part.
2. A part that is curved or bent like a hook.
3. A curve or bend; a turn: a crook in the path.
4. Informal One who makes a living by dishonest methods.
v. crooked, crook·ing, crooks
To make a crook in; bend: crooked an arm around the package.
To bend or curve.
[Middle English crok, from Old Norse krōkr.]
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early 13th-century French enamel and gold-plated copper crook
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