Crook vs Cane - What's the difference?

crook | cane |

As a noun crook

is a bend; turn; curve; curvature; a flexure.

As a verb crook

is to bend.

As an adjective crook

is (australia|new zealand|slang) bad, unsatisfactory, not up to standard.

As a proper noun cane is




Etymology 1

From (etyl) croke, crok, from (etyl) *.


(en noun)
  • A bend; turn; curve; curvature; a flexure.
  • :
  • *(Thomas Phaer) (c.1510-1560)
  • *:through lanes, and crooks , and darkness
  • A bending of the knee; a genuflection.
  • A bent or curved part; a curving piece or portion (of anything).
  • :
  • *
  • *:It was flood-tide along Fifth Avenue; motor, brougham, and victoria swept by on the glittering current; pretty women glanced out from limousine and tonneau; young men of his own type, silk-hatted, frock-coated, the 'crooks of their walking sticks tucked up under their left arms, passed on the Park side.
  • (lb) A lock or curl of hair.
  • (lb) A gibbet.
  • (lb) A support beam consisting of a post with a cross-beam resting upon it; a bracket or truss consisting of a vertical piece, a horizontal piece, and a strut.
  • A shepherd's crook; a staff with a semi-circular bend ("hook") at one end used by shepherds.
  • *1970 , The New English Bible with the Apocrypha, Oxford Study Edition'', published 1976, Oxford University Press, ''Psalms 23-4, p.583:
  • *:Even though I walk through a / valley dark as death / I fear no evil, for thou art with me, / thy staff and thy crook are my / comfort.
  • A bishop's staff of office.
  • An artifice; a trick; a contrivance.
  • *(Thomas Cranmer) (1489-1556)
  • *:for all your brags, hooks, and crooks
  • A person who steals, lies, cheats or does other dishonest or illegal things; a criminal.
  • *1973 November 17, (Richard Nixon), reported 1973 November 18, The Washington Post'', ''Nixon Tells Editors, ‘I'm Not a Crook’ ,
  • *:"People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook'. Well, I?m not a ' crook . I?ve earned everything I?ve got."
  • A pothook.
  • *Sir (Walter Scott) (1771-1832)
  • *:as black as the crook
  • (lb) A small tube, usually curved, applied to a trumpet, horn, etc., to change its pitch or key.
  • Synonyms
    * (criminal) See
    Derived terms
    * by hook or by crook * by hook or crook (US)


    (en verb)
  • To bend.
  • He crooked his finger toward me.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Crook the pregnant hinges of the knee.
  • * 1917 , , Part 4, Chapter 5,
  • “.
  • To turn from the path of rectitude; to pervert; to misapply; to twist.
  • * Ascham
  • There is no one thing that crooks youth more than such unlawful games.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • Whatsoever affairs pass such a man's hands, he crooketh them to his own ends.
    Derived terms
    * crooked (adjective)

    Etymology 2

    From . Australian National Dictionary Centre Home » Australian words » Meanings and origins of Australian words and idioms » C


    (en adjective)
  • (Australia, New Zealand, slang) Bad, unsatisfactory, not up to standard.
  • That work you did on my car is crook , mate
    Not turning up for training was pretty crook .
    Things are crook at Tallarook.
  • * 2004 , , A Cry from the Dark , page 21,
  • “Things are crook at home at the moment.”
    “They?re always crook at my home.”
  • (Australia, New Zealand, slang) Ill, sick.
  • I?m feeling a bit crook .
  • (Australia, New Zealand, slang) Annoyed, angry; upset.
  • be crook''' at/about''; ''go '''crook at
  • * 2006 , Jimmy Butt, Felicity Dargan, I've Been Bloody Lucky: The Story of an Orphan Named Jimmy Butt , page 17,
  • Ann explained to the teacher what had happened and the nuns went crook at me too.
  • * 2007 , Jo Wainer, Bess'', ''Lost: Illegal Abortion Stories , page 159,
  • I went home on the tram, then Mum went crook at me because I was late getting home—I had tickets for Mum and her friend to go to the Regent that night and she was annoyed because I was late.
  • * 2007 , Ruby Langford Ginibi, Don?t Take Your Love to Town , page 100,
  • I went crook at them for not telling me and as soon as she was well enough I took her home to the camping area and she soon picked up.
  • * 2009 , Carolyn Landon, Cups With No Handles: Memoir of a Grassroots Activist , page 234,
  • Mum went crook at me for wasting money, but when Don got a job and spent all his money on a racing bike, she didn?t say a thing to him.

    Usage notes

    Synthetic comparative and superlative forms (crooker'', ''crookest ) also find frequent use.
    Derived terms
    * crook as Rookwood





  • To do with a plant with simple stems, like bamboo or sugar cane.
  • # (uncountable) The slender, flexible main stem of a plant such as bamboo, including many species in the grass family Gramineae.
  • # (uncountable) The plant itself, including many species in the grass family Gramineae; a reed.
  • # (uncountable) Sugar cane.
  • #* {{quote-book, year=1907, author=
  • , chapter=7, title= The Dust of Conflict , passage=Still, a dozen men with rifles, and cartridges to match, stayed behind when they filed through a white aldea lying silent amid the cane , and the Sin Verguenza swung into slightly quicker stride.}}
  • # (US, Southern) Maize or, rarely, sorghum, when such plants are processed to make molasses (treacle) or sugar.
  • The stem of such a plant adapted for use as a tool.
  • # (countable) A short rod or stick, traditionally of wood or bamboo, used for corporal punishment.
  • # (uncountable) Corporal punishment by beating with a cane.
  • # A lance or dart made of cane.
  • #* (John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • Judgelike thou sitt'st, to praise or to arraign / The flying skirmish of the darted cane .
  • A rod-shaped tool or device, somewhat like a cane.
  • # (countable) A strong short staff used for support or decoration during walking; a walking stick.
  • #* {{quote-book, year=1905, author=
  • , title= , chapter=2 citation , passage=The cane was undoubtedly of foreign make, for it had a solid silver ferrule at one end, which was not English hall–marked.}}
  • #* , chapter=10
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=Men that I knew around Wapatomac didn't wear high, shiny plug hats, nor yeller spring overcoats, nor carry canes with ivory heads as big as a catboat's anchor, as you might say.}}
  • # (countable, glassblowing) A length of colored and/or patterned glass rod, used in the specific glassblowing technique called caneworking.
  • # (countable) A long rod often collapsible and commonly white (for visibility to other persons), used by vision impaired persons for guidance in determining their course and for probing for obstacles in their path.
  • (uncountable) Split rattan, as used in wickerwork, basketry and the like.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , chapter=1, title= The China Governess , passage=The half-dozen pieces […] were painted white and carved with festoons of flowers, birds and cupids. […]  The bed was the most extravagant piece.  Its graceful cane halftester rose high towards the cornice and was so festooned in carved white wood that the effect was positively insecure, as if the great couch were trimmed with icing sugar.}}
  • A local European measure of length; the canna.
  • Synonyms

    * (the slender flexible stem of a plant such as bamboo) stem, stalk; (of a tree) trunk * (the plant itself) reed * (sugar cane) molasses cane * switch, rod * (corporal punishment by beating with a cane) the cane, a caning, six of the best, whipping, cuts * (strong short staff used for support during walking) staff, walking stick * (a long rod often collapsible) white cane, blind man's cane

    Derived terms

    * bamboo cane * blind man's cane * cane knife * cane rat * cane sugar * cane toad * caneworking * floricane * primocane * sugar cane * walking cane * white cane


  • To strike or beat with a cane or similar implement.
  • (British, New Zealand, slang) To destroy.
  • (British, New Zealand, slang) To do something well, in a competent fashion.
  • (UK, slang, intransitive) To produce extreme pain.
  • Don't hit me with that. It really canes !
    Mate, my legs cane !
  • To make or furnish with cane or rattan.
  • to cane chairs


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