From (etyl) croke, crok, from (etyl) *.
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."
*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.
* (criminal) See
* by hook or by crook
* by hook or crook (US)
- He crooked his finger toward me.
* 1917 , , Part 4, Chapter 5,
- Crook the pregnant hinges of the knee.
To turn from the path of rectitude; to pervert; to misapply; to twist.
* Francis Bacon
- There is no one thing that crooks youth more than such unlawful games.
- Whatsoever affairs pass such a man's hands, he crooketh them to his own ends.
* crooked (adjective)
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(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 .
* 2004 , , A Cry from the Dark ,
- Things are crook at Tallarook.
- “Things are crook at home at the moment.”
(Australia, New Zealand, slang) Ill, sick.
- “They?re always crook at my home.”
(Australia, New Zealand, slang) Annoyed, angry; upset.
- I?m feeling a bit crook .
* 2006 , Jimmy Butt, Felicity Dargan, I've Been Bloody Lucky: The Story of an Orphan Named Jimmy Butt ,
- be crook''' at/about''; ''go '''crook at
* 2007 , Jo Wainer, Bess'', ''Lost: Illegal Abortion Stories ,
- Ann explained to the teacher what had happened and the nuns went crook at me too.
* 2007 , Ruby Langford Ginibi, Don?t Take Your Love to Town ,
- 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.
* 2009 , Carolyn Landon, Cups With No Handles: Memoir of a Grassroots Activist ,
- 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.
- 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.
Synthetic comparative and superlative forms (crooker'', ''crookest ) also find frequent use.
* crook as Rookwood
From (etyl) wis, wys, from (etyl) . Cognate with Dutch wijs, German weise, Swedish vis. Compare wit.
Showing good judgement or the benefit of experience.
- Storing extra food for the winter was a wise decision.
- They were considered the wise old men of the administration.
- "It is a profitable thing, if one is wise , to seem foolish" - Aeschylus
- Don't get wise with me!
* Objects: person, decision, advice, counsel, saying, etc.
* crack wise
* wise apple
* wise guy
* word to the wise
To become wise.
(ergative, slang) Usually with "up", to inform or learn.
- Mo wised him up about his situation.
- ''After Mo had a word with him, he wised up.
From (etyl) .
(archaic) Way, manner, method.
* 1850 , The Burden of Nineveh , lines 2-5
- ... the prize
- Dead Greece vouchsafes to living eyes, —
- Her Art for ever in fresh wise
* 1866 , , A Ballad of Life , lines 28-30
- From hour to hour rejoicing me.
- A riven hood was pulled across his eyes;
- The token of him being upon this wise
* 1926 , J. S. Fletcher, Sea Fog , page 308
- Made for a sign of Lust.
- And within a few minutes the rest of us were on our way too, judiciously instructed by Parkapple and the Brighton official, and disposed of in two taxi-cabs, the drivers of which were ordered to convey us to Rottingdean in such wise that each set his load of humanity at different parts of the village and at the same time that the bus was due to arrive at the hotel.
From (etyl) .
(dialectal) to instruct
(dialectal) to advise; induce
(dialectal) to show the way, guide
(dialectal) to direct the course of, pilot
(dialectal) to cause to turn