crook

\ \ [12] A crookcriminal’ is almost literally a ‘bent’ person. The underlying meaning of the word is ‘bend, curve, hook’, as can be seen in other applications such as ‘shepherd’s staff with a crooked end’, and particularly in the derivative crooked [13]. Crook was borrowed into English from Old Norse krókrhook, corner’. Old French also acquired the Old Norse word, as croc, and passed it on to English in crochet, croquet, crotchet, and encroach; and the derived verbs crocher and crochier produced respectively a new noun crochehook’, source of English crotch [16], and the English verb crouch [14]. Moreover, Old French also had croce, resulting from an earlier borrowing of the word’s ultimate West and North Germanic base *krukintroduced into Vulgar Latin as *croccus, and this was eventually to form the basis of English crosier [14] and perhaps lacrosse [18].
\ \ Cf.CROQUET, CROSIER, CROTCH, CROTCHET, CROUCH, ENCROACH, LACROSSE

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  • Crook, CO — U.S. town in Colorado Population (2000): 128 Housing Units (2000): 80 Land area (2000): 0.129100 sq. miles (0.334367 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.129100 sq. miles (0.334367 sq. km) FIPS code …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

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