Nursing helped to assuage injuries, fatigue, crankiness, and even sickness.
To attempt to repeat what he said would convict me of crankiness equal to his own, and worse—because he could do it, and I cannot.
Even Uncle Aaron lost some of his crankiness and seemed at times to be “almost human.”
No crank can see his crankiness at the time of crankling, though sometimes he sees it afterwards.
But the legends to which my poor old uncle's crankiness have given rise really begin to get upon my brain.
He belonged to C Company, and was a man subject to occasional fits of crankiness.
Etheringham there swears by it, and he's a pretty good judge, in spite of his crankiness.
The test of "crankiness," then, lies in the adequacy of the advantage reaped.
Salesmen particularly complained of her crankiness and of the unsatisfactory service they got.
For one and a half years prior to admission her "crankiness" is said to have become much worse.
"cross-tempered, irritable," 1807, from crank (n.) + -y (2). The evolution would be from earlier senses of crank, e.g. "a twist or fanciful turn of speech" (1590s); "inaccessible hole or crevice" (1560s). Grose's 1787 "Provincial Glossary" has "Cranky. Ailing sickly from the dutch crank, sick." and identifies it as a Northern word. Related: Crankily; crankiness.
Ben. Dang it, don't you spare him--A cross grain'd cranky toad as ever crawl'd. (etc.) [Richard Cumberland, "Lovers Resolutions," Act I, 1813]
Very irritable; touchy: The baby was cranky all day (1821+)