crooked (adj.) Old form(s): crook'd
malignant, perverse, contrary, devious
2H4 IV.v.184[King Henry IV to Prince Henry] God knows ... / By what by-paths and indirect crooked ways / I met this crown
2H6 V.i.158[Clifford to Richard] Hence, heap of wrath, foul indigested lump, / As crooked in thy manners as thy shape!
H8 V.iii.44[Cranmer to all] Men that make / Envy and crooked malice nourishment / Dare bite the best
KJ III.i.46[Constance to Arthur] If thou that biddest me be content wert ... / Lame, foolish, crooked, swart
Sonn.60.7[of maturity] Crooked eclipses 'gainst his glory fight [also: bent through old age]
TG IV.i.21[Valentine to Outlaws] If crooked fortune had not thwarted me
Ven.134[Venus to Adonis] Were I hard-favoured, foul ... crooked, churlish
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