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English noun: crook

1. crook (person) someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime

Synonymscriminal, felon, malefactor, outlaw

Broader (hypernym)principal

Narrower (hyponym)abductor, accessary, accessory, arsonist, blackmailer, bootlegger, briber, coconspirator, conspirator, contrabandist, desperado, desperate criminal, drug dealer, drug peddler, drug trafficker, extortioner, extortionist, firebug, fugitive, fugitive from justice, gangster, gangster's moll, gaolbird, goon, gun moll, habitual criminal, highbinder, highjacker, hijacker, hood, hoodlum, incendiary, jail bird, jailbird, kidnaper, kidnapper, law offender, lawbreaker, liquidator, machinator, mafioso, manslayer, mobster, moll, moon curser, moon-curser, moonshiner, murderer, parolee, peddler, plotter, probationer, punk, pusher, racketeer, raper, rapist, recidivist, repeater, runner, scofflaw, smuggler, snatcher, stealer, strong-armer, suborner, thief, thug, tough, toughie, traitor, treasonist, violator

Instance hyponymBillie the Kid, Bonney, James, Jesse James, MacGregor, Rob Roy, Robert MacGregor, William H. Bonney

2. crook (shape) a circular segment of a curve

SamplesA bend in the road.
A crook in the path.

Synonymsbend, turn, twist

Broader (hypernym)curve, curved shape

Narrower (hyponym)bight

3. crook (artifact) a long staff with one end being hook shaped

Synonymsshepherd's crook

Broader (hypernym)staff

English verb: crook

1. crook (motion) bend or cause to bend

SamplesHe crooked his index finger.
The road curved sharply.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bend, flex

Narrower (hyponym)recurve

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