“It's crooked. It's tilting to the right.”
Your husband is hanging a new picture on the wall of your new apartment. You say this because the picture doesn't look straight.
It's crooked. It's tilting to the right.
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The word "crooked" means "not straight". Specifically, people use the word "crooked" to talk about things that are:
- supposed to be straight, but are leaning to one side instead:
- bending in different directions with different angles:
Your tie is crooked.
They followed a crooked path through the woods.
Things that are bent smoothly, like a rope, aren't usually called "crooked". Things like that are called "curving" or "winding".
The word "tilting" also means "not straight". But "tilting" refers to things which are not going straight up-and-down, or not flat across the top. Here are some examples of things that can "tilt":
- a table
- a chair
- a tree
- a building which has gone through an earthquake