\ ˈkraŋ-kē How to pronounce cranky (audio) \
crankier; crankiest

Definition of cranky

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : given to fretful fussiness : readily angered when opposed : crotchety our long wait … left us a tad crankyConnecticut
b : marked by eccentricity his bizarre and cranky mix of ideas and beliefs— R. J. Evans
2 : full of twists and turns : tortuous a cranky road
3 : working erratically : unpredictable a cranky old tractor
4 dialect : crazy, silly

Definition of cranky (Entry 2 of 2)

of a boat

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Adjective (1)

crankily \ ˈkraŋ-​kə-​lē How to pronounce crankily (audio) \ adverb
crankiness \ ˈkraŋ-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce crankiness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for cranky

Synonyms: Adjective (1)

Antonyms: Adjective (1)

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First Known Use of cranky

Adjective (1)

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective (2)

1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cranky

Adjective (1)

crank entry 1

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The first known use of cranky was in 1821

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“Cranky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cranky. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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\ ˈkraŋ-kē How to pronounce cranky (audio) \
crankier; crankiest

Kids Definition of cranky

: easily angered or irritated “If I don't eat, I get cranky.”— Richard Peck, A Year Down Yonder

Other Words from cranky

crankiness noun

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