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cranky

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[ krang-kee ]
/ ˈkræŋ ki /
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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.
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Origin of cranky

1
First recorded in 1780–90; crank1 + -y1

OTHER WORDS FROM cranky

crank·i·ly, adverbcrank·i·ness, noun

Other definitions for cranky (2 of 2)

cranky2
[ krang-kee ]
/ ˈkræŋ ki /

adjective Nautical.

Origin of cranky

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First recorded in 1835–45; crank2 + -y1
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British Dictionary definitions for cranky (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 cranky (2 of 2)

cranky2
/ (ˈkræŋkɪ) /

adjective crankier or crankiest
nautical another word for crank 2
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