'He met a crooked woman and found a crooked preach' -https://www.quotev.com/story/3012617/There-was-a-Crooked-Man/1 -Here it seems like a noun, but upon checking the dictionary there weren't any noun form of that word , except for an obsolete one which didn't quite go with the context. -Can someone provide me with an appropriate meaning?

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    Is there any doubt as to the meaning? This is a poem (or rhyme), and, often such do not conform to dictionaries. Although not "proper" English, ministers will be greeted with "Hey, preach!" from time to time. – J. Taylor Dec 6 '18 at 22:52
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    NB - these lines are part of a little-known poem adapted from the traditional nursery rhyme. The original rhyme is only four lines, ending in "they all lived together in a little crooked house." – Chappo Dec 7 '18 at 0:58
  • ^@Chappo well sometimes they end the stories/poem halfway or change the ending so that the kids don't have to encounter the gruesome part. – user323059 Dec 7 '18 at 5:05

Preach appears to be short for preacher, as in the person who marries the crooked man to the crooked woman in the next line of the poem.

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