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Negative ConnotationPlay
When calling someone a 'crook', it insinuates they're untrustworthy and possibly involved in illegal activities. SlideKeep an eye on your wallet around him; he's a known crook.
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Informal UsagePlay
'Crook' as a term for a criminal is informal and may be disrespectful in certain contexts. SlideThe kids in the neighborhood said the crook was hiding out in the abandoned house.
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Not for Minor OffensesPlay
Use 'crook' for serious dishonesty or crimes, not for minor rule-breaking or mischief. SlideHe didn't just lie on his taxes, he embezzled money. That guy's a real crook.