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rook

Noun

1 (chess) the piece that can move any number of unoccupied squares in a direction parallel to the sides of the chessboard [syn: castle]
2 common gregarious Old World bird about the size and color of the American crow [syn: Corvus frugilegus] v : deprive of by deceit; "He swindled me out of my inheritance"; "She defrauded the customers who trusted her"; "the cashier gypped me when he gave me too little change" [syn: victimize, swindle, goldbrick, nobble, diddle, bunco, defraud, scam, mulct, gyp, con]

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English

Pronunciation

  • /rʊk/
  • Rhymes with: -ʊk

Etymology 1

hroc, from Germanic, probably originally imitative. Cognate with Dutch roek, German Ruch, Swedish råka.

Noun

  1. A European bird, Corvus frugilegus, of the crow family.
  2. A swindler; someone who betrays.
Translations
bird
  • Bosnian: gakuša
  • Czech: havran
  • Dutch: roek
  • Finnish: mustavaris
  • French: corbeau freux
  • German: Saatkrähe
  • Greek: σταροκόρακας (starokórokas)
  • Hungarian: vetési varjú
  • Lithuanian: kovas, kovarnis
  • Polish: gawron
  • Russian: грач
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: гакуша
    Roman: gakuša
  • Spanish: graja
  • Swedish: råka
swindler

Verb

  1. To cheat or swindle.
Synonyms
Translations
cheat, swindle

Etymology 2

From roc, ultimately from رخ. Compare roc.

Noun

  1. A piece shaped like a castle tower, that can be moved only up, down, left or right (but not diagonally) or in castling.
  2. A castle or other fortification.
  3. An Amish card game.
Synonyms
Translations
chesspiece
fortification
card game
Translations to be categorised
See also

Etymology 3

From rookie

Noun

  1. In the context of "baseball|slang": A rookie.

Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

rook (plural: roken, rookpluimen)

Derived terms

Verb form

rook
  1. first-person singular present tense of roken
  2. singular past tense of ruiken

Extensive Definition

Rook may refer to:

Bird

  • Rook (bird), a member of the passerine order of birds and the crow family

Games

People

  • Alan Rook, edited the 1936 issue of New Oxford Poetry, he was one of the Cairo poets
  • Jean Rook, British newspaper columnist
  • Susan Rook, journalist and photographer best known for her years as a CNN anchor for PrimeNews

Other

See also

  • Rooks (disambiguation page)
  • Rookery, an animal breeding colony
  • Rookery (slum), a slang expression for a city slum
  • Rookie, (mainly in North American usage), a person who is relatively new to an activity

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

beat, beguile of, bilk, bishop, bleed, bunco, burn, castle, cheat, chessman, chisel, chouse, chouse out of, cog, cog the dice, con, cozen, crib, defraud, diddle, do in, do out of, euchre, finagle, flam, fleece, flimflam, fob, fudge, gouge, gull, gyp, have, hocus, hocus-pocus, king, knight, man, milk, mulct, pack the deal, pawn, piece, pigeon, practice fraud upon, queen, scam, screw, sell gold bricks, shave, shortchange, stack the cards, stick, sting, sweat, swindle, take a dive, thimblerig, throw a fight, victimize
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