adjective (1)
\ 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


adjective (2)

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

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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\ 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

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crankiness noun

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