cranky

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[krang-kee]
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adjective, crank·i·er, crank·i·est.
  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 cranky

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First recorded in 1780–90; crank1 + -y1
Related formscrank·i·ly, adverbcrank·i·ness, noun

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  • The test of "crankiness," then, lies in the adequacy of the advantage reaped.

    International Language

    Walter J. Clark

  • Even Uncle Aaron lost some of his crankiness and seemed at times to be “almost human.”

  • He belonged to C Company, and was a man subject to occasional fits of crankiness.

  • But the legends to which my poor old uncle's crankiness have given rise really begin to get upon my brain.

  • For one and a half years prior to admission her "crankiness" is said to have become much worse.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch


British Dictionary definitions for crankiness

cranky

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adjective crankier or crankiest
  1. informal eccentric
  2. mainly US, Canadian and Irish informal fussy and bad-tempered
  3. shaky; out of order
  4. full of bends and turns
  5. dialect unwell
Derived Formscrankily, adverbcrankiness, noun

cranky

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adjective crankier or crankiest
  1. nautical another word for crank 2
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Word Origin and History for crankiness

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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