crankier; crankiest
1
a
: 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 beliefsR. 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 adverb
crankiness noun

cranky

2 of 2

adjective (2)

of a boat

Word History

Etymology

Adjective (1)

crank entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective (2)

1841, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cranky was in 1821

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Cite this Entry

“Cranky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cranky. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

cranky

adjective
ˈkraŋ-kē
crankier; crankiest
1
: easily angered or irritated
2
: hard to handle
a cranky boat
crankiness
-kē-nəs
noun

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