Come to think of it, whenever I was cranky or sick, a little nursing usually mellowed us both out.
I think he's on steroids again, and that's why he's so cranky.
And is surely a presence coming to the show with little interest in standing two steps behind Mr. cranky.
Even today—contrary to cranky public opinion—the political influence of multigenerational families is weak and getting weaker.
After a day-long drive with three young children, we emerged from our minivan cramped, cranky, and dusty with junk food.
Apparently, the renovation of a cranky lamp was the whole content of the Captain's summons to Peter.
He always was stubborn as an off ox and cranky as a windlass.
Who Howard was, or the cranky old man and half-crazy woman, Eloise had no idea, nor did she give them a thought.
And if you think Ferdinand's the man to give in to a cranky Khedive, you're much mistaken.
It was hard enough to work like a slave for a cranky old maid, without being constantly "pecked at."
"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+)