Each week we bring you a new, unique Aussie word.


crook

1. sick. I'm feeling real crook. Hence, injured. Her crook leg is keeping her up at nights.

2. bad; inferior. That food was crook, He did a pretty crook job.

3. a criminal; a thief or swindler. Originally US slang from the 1870s, now Standard English. Hence, as an adjective, dishonest or illegal; of an item, stolen. This second usage is an Australian original, and not used elsewhere except New Zealand.

4. angry, annoyed, upset. To go crook on someone is to scold them.