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cranky

1
[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.
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Origin of cranky

1
First recorded in 1780–90; crank1 + -y1
Related formscrank·i·ly, adverbcrank·i·ness, noun

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cranky

2
[krang-kee]
adjective Nautical.
  1. crank2(def 1).
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Origin of cranky

2
First recorded in 1835–45; crank2 + -y1
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  • But he hasn't got no use for any of the guys that gets a cranky play in on him; he won't stand it.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • He always was stubborn as an off ox and cranky as a windlass.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He's as straight and square and honest as he is obstinate and cranky.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

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

    The Great Hunger

    Johan Bojer

  • He had been given only a mild shock, but it had been enough for his fluttery, cranky heart.

    Watchbird

    Robert Sheckley


British Dictionary definitions for cranky

cranky

1
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
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Derived Formscrankily, adverbcrankiness, noun

cranky

2
adjective crankier or crankiest
  1. nautical another word for crank 2
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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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