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cranky1

[krang-kee] /ˈkræŋ ki/
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 of cranky1
1780-1790
1780-90; crank1 + -y1
Related forms
crankily, adverb
crankiness, noun
Synonyms
1. crotchety, cantankerous, perverse.

cranky2

[krang-kee] /ˈkræŋ ki/
adjective, Nautical
1.
crank2 (def 1).
Origin
1835-45; crank2 + -y1
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  • Apparently, the renovation of a cranky lamp was the whole content of the Captain's summons to Peter.

    Birthright T.S. Stribling
  • He always was stubborn as an off ox and cranky as a windlass.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Who Howard was, or the cranky old man and half-crazy woman, Eloise had no idea, nor did she give them a thought.

    The Cromptons Mary J. Holmes
  • And if you think Ferdinand's the man to give in to a cranky Khedive, you're much mistaken.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • It was hard enough to work like a slave for a cranky old maid, without being constantly "pecked at."

    Madge Morton's Trust Amy D. V. Chalmers
British Dictionary definitions for cranky

cranky1

/ˈkræŋkɪ/
adjective crankier, crankiest
1.
(informal) eccentric
2.
(mainly US & Canadian, Irish, informal) fussy and bad-tempered
3.
shaky; out of order
4.
full of bends and turns
5.
(dialect) unwell
Derived Forms
crankily, adverb
crankiness, noun

cranky2

/ˈkræŋkɪ/
adjective crankier, crankiest
1.
(nautical) another word for crank2
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Word Origin and History for cranky
adj.

"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]

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Slang definitions & phrases for cranky

cranky

adjective

Very irritable; touchy: The baby was cranky all day (1821+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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