(something) is crooked

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:
  • Your tie is crooked.

  • bending in different directions with different angles:
  • 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".

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