Crooked vs Fraudulent - What's the difference?

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Crooked is a synonym of fraudulent.

As adjectives the difference between crooked and fraudulent

is that crooked is not straight; having one or more bends or angles while fraudulent is dishonest; based on fraud or deception.

As a verb crooked

is (crook).



Etymology 1

From crook, equivalent to .


  • (crook)
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) croked, crokid, past participle of . More at (l).


    (en adjective)
  • Not straight; having one or more bends or angles.
  • We walked up the crooked path to the top of the hill.
  • Set at an angle; not vertical or square.
  • That picture is crooked - could you straighten it up for me?
  • (figuratively) Dishonest or illegal; corrupt.
  • He was trying to interest me in another one of his crooked deals.




    (en adjective)
  • dishonest; based on fraud or deception
  • false; phony
  • He tried to pass a fraudulent check.

    Usage notes

    * Nouns to which "fraudulent" is often applied: claim, practice, transfer, scheme, transaction, document, intent, misrepresentation, act, action, mortgage, check, conveyance, accounting, bankruptcy, reporting, etc.


    * See also * See also

    Derived terms

    * fraudulently