KJV Dictionary Definition: crook


CROOK, n. G., the back, or ridge of an animal. L., a wrinkle, a circle; rough, hoarse. The radical sense of crook is to strain or draw; hence, to bend.

1. Any bend, turn or curve; or a bent or curving instrument. We speak of a crook in a stick of timber, or in a river; and any hook is a crook.

2. A shepherd staff, curving at the end; a pastoral staff. When used by a bishop or abbot, it is called a crosier.

He left his crook, he left his flocks.

3. A gibbet.

4. An artifice; a trick.

CROOK, v.t.

1. To bend; to turn from a straight line; to make a curve or hook.

2. To turn from rectitude; to pervert.

3. To thwart. Little used.

CROOK, v.i. To bend or be bent; to be turned from a right line; to curve; to wind.


CROOKED, pp. or a.

1. Bent; curved; curving; winding.

2. Winding in moral conduct; devious; froward; perverse; going out of the path of rectitude; given to obliquity or wandering from duty.

They are a perverse and crooked generation. Deuteronomy 32.


CROOKING, ppr. Bending; winding.