Synonyms of 'crooked'
1 bentDictionary, twisted, bowed
the crooked line of his broken nose
The trees were all bent and twisted from the wind.
a wry, twisted smile
He walked aimlessly, head down and shoulders bowed.
the curved lines of the chairs
He had bad teeth, irregular and discoloured.
out of shape
Her hands were misshapen because of arthritis.
2 deformedDictionary, crippled, distorted
Whole families went about with crooked legs or twisted shoulders.
3 zigzagDictionary, winding, twisting
men gathered in the bars of the crooked streets
4 at an angleDictionary, angled, tilted
He gave her a crooked grin.
5 dishonestDictionary, criminal, illegal
She might expose his crooked business deals to the authorities.
He had become rich by dishonest means.
The entire party cannot be blamed for the criminal actions of a few members.
He was dismissed by the referee for an illegal tackle.
corrupt police officers who took bribes
dubious business dealings
employees who believe their dismissal was unlawful
Be wary of people who try to talk you into shady deals.
fraudulent claims about being a nurse
These kids are being exploited by very unscrupulous people.
a bent accountant
He had a shifty face and previous convictions.
The ambassador called the report deceitful and misleading.
The Prime Minister had been involved in underhand financial deals.
the unprincipled behaviour of the prosecutor's office
He insisted he had done nothing dishonourable.
He was said to have committed other acts too nefarious to contemplate.
up to their knavish tricks again
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Something that is askew is not straight or not level with what it should be level with.
She stood there, hat askew.
If something is awry, it is not in its normal or proper position.
His dark hair was all awry.
Thesaurus for crooked from the Collins English Thesaurus
If you describe something as crooked , especially something that is usually straight, you mean that it is bent or twisted .