cranky

1 [krang-kee]
adjective, crankier, crankiest.
1.
ill-tempered; grouchy; cross: I'm always cranky when I don't get enough sleep.
2.
eccentric; queer.
3.
shaky; unsteady; out of order.
4.
full of bends or windings; crooked.
5.
British Dialect. sickly; in unsound or feeble condition; infirm.

Origin:
1780–90; crank1 + -y1

crankily, adverb
crankiness, noun


1. crotchety, cantankerous, perverse.
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cranky

2 [krang-kee]
adjective Nautical.
crank2 ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1835–45; crank2 + -y1

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crank or cranky2 (kræŋk)
 
adj
(of a sailing vessel) easily keeled over by the wind; tender
 
[C17: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to crank1]
 
cranky or cranky2
 
adj
 
[C17: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to crank1]

cranky1 (ˈkræŋkɪ)
 
adj , crankier, crankiest
1.  informal eccentric
2.  informal chiefly (US), (Canadian), (Irish) fussy and bad-tempered
3.  shaky; out of order
4.  full of bends and turns
5.  dialect unwell
 
'crankily1
 
adv
 
'crankiness1
 
n

cranky2 (ˈkræŋkɪ)
 
adj , crankier, crankiest
nautical another word for crank

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cranky definition


  1. mod.
    irritable; fretful. : Don't be cranky. We're almost there.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
And for some folks, any kind of dressing up makes them downright cranky.
Don't let a few of us cranky professors determine your future.
Food scares were once a cranky obsession of the green-minded fringes.
The angry-looking deep sea anglerfish has a right to be cranky.
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