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Origin of crank

1
First recorded before 1000; Middle English crank, cronk, Old English cranc-, in crancstæf, a kind of weaver's tool (see staff1)

OTHER WORDS FROM crank

crankless, adjectivenon·crank·ing, adjectiveun·cranked, adjective

Definition for crank (2 of 3)

crank2
[ krangk ]
/ kræŋk /

adjective Nautical.

Also cranky. having a tendency to roll easily, as a boat or ship; tender (opposed to stiff).

noun

a crank vessel.

Origin of crank

2
First recorded in 1690–1700; probably to be identified with crank1, but sense development unclear; see also crank-sided

Definition for crank (3 of 3)

crank3
[ krangk ]
/ kræŋk /

adjective British Dialect.

Origin of crank

3
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English cranke; of obscure origin

OTHER WORDS FROM crank

crankly, adverbcrankness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for crank (1 of 2)

crank1
/ (kræŋk) /

noun

a device for communicating motion or for converting reciprocating motion into rotary motion or vice versa. It consists of an arm projecting from a shaft, often with a second member attached to it parallel to the shaft
Also called: crank handle, starting handle a handle incorporating a crank, used to start an engine or motor
informal
  1. an eccentric or odd person, esp someone who stubbornly maintains unusual views
  2. US and Canadian a bad-tempered person

verb

See also crank up

Word Origin for crank

Old English cranc; related to Middle Low German krunke wrinkle, Dutch krinkel crinkle

British Dictionary definitions for crank (2 of 2)

crank2

cranky

/ (kræŋk) /

adjective

(of a sailing vessel) easily keeled over by the wind; tender

Word Origin for crank

C17: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to crank 1
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