Definitions for: Rook

[n] common gregarious Old World bird about the size and color of the American crow
[n] (chess) the piece that can move any number of unoccupied squares in a direction parallel to the sides of the chessboard
[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"

Webster (1913) Definition: Rook (r[oo^]k), n.
Mist; fog. See Roke. [Obs.]

Rook, v. i.
To squat; to ruck. [Obs.] --Shak.

Rook, n. [F. roc (cf. Sp. roque), fr. Per. & Ar. rokh, or
rukh, the rook or castle at chess, also the bird roc (in this
sense perhaps a different word); cf. Hind. rath a war
chariot, the castle at chess, Skr. ratha a car, a war car.
Cf. Roll.] (Chess)
One of the four pieces placed on the corner squares of the
board; a castle.

Rook, n. [AS. hr[=o]c; akin to OHG. hruoh, ruoh, ruoho,
Icel. hr[=o]kr, Sw. roka, Dan. raage; cf. Goth. hrukjan to
1. (Zo["o]l.) A European bird (Corvus frugilegus)
resembling the crow, but smaller. It is black, with purple
and violet reflections. The base of the beak and the
region around it are covered with a rough, scabrous skin,
which in old birds is whitish. It is gregarious in its
habits. The name is also applied to related Asiatic

The rook . . . should be treated as the farmer's
friend. --Pennant.

2. A trickish, rapacious fellow; a cheat; a sharper.

Rook, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Rooked; p. pr. & vb. n.
To cheat; to defraud by cheating. ``A band of rooking
officials.'' --Milton.

Synonyms: bunco, castle, con, Corvus frugilegus, defraud, diddle, goldbrick, gyp, mulct, nobble, scam, swindle, victimize

See Also: beat, cheat, chess piece, chessman, chisel, corvine bird, Corvus, genus Corvus, rip off, short, short-change

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