crank

noun
\ ˈkraŋk \

Definition of crank 

(Entry 1 of 5)

1 : a bent part of an axle or shaft or an arm keyed at right angles to the end of a shaft by which circular motion is imparted to or received from the shaft or by which reciprocating motion is changed into circular motion or vice versa

2a archaic : bend

b : a twist or turn of speech : conceit used especially in the phrase quips and cranks

c(1) : caprice, crotchet

(2) : an annoyingly eccentric person also : one who is overly enthusiastic about a particular subject or activity

d : a bad-tempered person : grouch

3 : crystal meth specifically : an impure form of crystal meth

crank

verb
cranked; cranking; cranks

Definition of crank (Entry 2 of 5)

intransitive verb

1 : to move with a winding course : zigzag

2a : to turn a crank

b : to get started by or as if by the turning of a crank

c : to gain speed, momentum, or intensity usually used with up the campaign is cranking up

transitive verb

1 : to move or operate by or as if by a crank crank the window down

2a : to cause to start crank an automobile

b : to rotate the shaft (such as a crankshaft) of especially with a starter crank over an engine

c : to use in trying to start an engine crank the starter

3a : to start as if by use of a crank usually used with up she cranked up the air conditioner

b : turn up sense 2 usually used with up crank up the volume

crank

adjective (1)

Definition of crank (Entry 3 of 5)

: of, relating to, or being a bad-tempered or annoyingly eccentric person also : made or sent by such a person or by someone intending to be an annoyance or to cause harm crank calls a crank letter

crank

adjective (2)

Definition of crank (Entry 4 of 5)

1 chiefly dialectal : merry, high-spirited

2 chiefly dialectal : cocky, confident

crank

adjective (3)

Definition of crank (Entry 5 of 5)

of a boat

: easily tipped : tender entry 1 sense 4d

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Other words from crank

Noun

crankish \ˈkraŋ-kish \ adjective

Examples of crank in a Sentence

Noun

To open the car window, turn the crank on the door. He was dismissed as a crank until his article was published. Most people think she's just a harmless crank.

Verb

He cranked the temperature to 75 degrees. Crank the engine to see if it will start.
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First Known Use of crank

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1592, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Adjective (1)

1924, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective (3)

circa 1649, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crank

Noun

Middle English cranke, from Old English cranc- (as in crancstæf, a weaving instrument); probably akin to Middle High German krank weak, sick — more at cringe

Adjective (2)

Middle English cranke

Adjective (3)

short for crank-sided easily tipped

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crank

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crank

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a machine part with a handle that can be turned in a circular motion to move something

: a person who has strange ideas or thinks too much about one thing

: a person who is often angry or easily annoyed

crank

verb

English Language Learners Definition of crank (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move (something) by turning a crank

: to increase (something) especially by a large amount

: to start or try to start (an engine) by using a crank or some other method to get it moving

crank

noun
\ ˈkraŋk \

Kids Definition of crank

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a bent part with a handle that is turned to start or run machinery

2 : a person with strange ideas

3 : a cross or irritable person

crank

verb
cranked; cranking

Kids Definition of crank (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to start or run by or as if by turning a part with a handle

2 : to make or become greater in speed or intensity crank the volume

crank out

: to produce quickly and often carelessly You can't just crank out a good book.

crank

noun
\ ˈkraŋk \

Medical Definition of crank 

: crystal meth specifically : an impure form of crystal meth

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