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cranky

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adjective \ ˈkraŋ-kē \

Definition of cranky

crankier; crankiest
1 a :given to fretful fussiness :readily angered when opposed :crotchety
  • our long wait … left us a tad cranky
  • Connecticut
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

crankily

play \ˈkraŋ-kə-lē\ adverb

crankiness

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Origin and Etymology of cranky


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cranky

adjective

Definition of cranky

of a boat

First Known Use of cranky

1841


CRANKY Defined for Kids

cranky

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adjective \ ˈkraŋ-kē \

Definition of cranky for Students

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

crankiness

noun


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