cranky

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[ krang-kee ]
/ ˈkræŋ ki /

adjective, crank·i·er, crank·i·est.

ill-tempered; grouchy; cross: I'm always cranky when I don't get enough sleep.
eccentric; queer.
shaky; unsteady; out of order.
full of bends or windings; crooked.
British Dialect. sickly; in unsound or feeble condition; infirm.

Origin of cranky

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First recorded in 1780–90; crank1 + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM cranky

crank·i·ly, adverbcrank·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for crankiness (1 of 2)

cranky1
/ (ˈkræŋkɪ) /

adjective crankier or crankiest

informal eccentric
mainly US, Canadian and Irish informal fussy and bad-tempered
shaky; out of order
full of bends and turns
dialect unwell

Derived forms of cranky

crankily, adverbcrankiness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for crankiness (2 of 2)

cranky2
/ (ˈkræŋkɪ) /

adjective crankier or crankiest

nautical another word for crank 2
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