Definition of crank call in English:

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crank call

noun

A telephone call made to disturb, annoy, or trick someone, often anonymously: she had been getting a lot of crank calls and so she wasn’t answering her phone I don’t know if it was a crank call or a real threat
More example sentences
  • I hadn't said anything to my wife about the latest crank call.
  • This is great news to a kid who regularly used up all the credit on his phone making crank calls with his school friends.
  • Now I know who made that crank call in the middle of the night.

Derivatives

crank caller

noun
Example sentences
  • An officer nearby said the whole thing was a hoax, a crank caller pranking 911.
  • In the past few weeks I've been plagued by a crank caller.
  • At this point, I'm trying to decide if this is a crank caller or if he's for real.

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Syllabification: crank call

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