adjective (crankier, crankiest)
- 1British • informal Eccentric or strange: a cranky scheme to pipe ground-level ozone into the stratosphereMore example sentences
eccentric, bizarre, weird, peculiar, odd, quirky, avant-garde, unconventional, off-centre, strange, outlandish, ridiculous, ludicrous; mad, insane, crazy, absurd• informal wacky, screwy, nutty, nuts, crackpot, cracked, oddball, kinky, off the wall, way out, dippy, cuckooBritish • informal daftAustralian/New Zealand • informal , • dated dilly
- In life he was regarded as an awkward customer, a cranky, eccentric figure with a talent for rubbing people up the wrong way.
- The administrators are cranky and making the strangest decisions.
- We're not this weird, cranky, fanged minority that is secretly drinking blood in the name of its depraved godlessness!
- 2chiefly North American Bad-tempered; irritable: he was cranky after eight hours of workingMore example sentences
bad-tempered, irritable, irascible, tetchy, testy, grumpy, grouchy, crotchety, in a (bad) mood, ill-tempered, ill-natured, ill-humoured, peevish; having got out of bed the wrong side, cross, as cross as two sticks, fractious, disagreeable, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, pettish, crabbed, crabby, waspish, prickly, peppery, touchy, scratchy, crusty, splenetic, shrewish, short-tempered, hot-tempered, quick-tempered, dyspeptic, choleric, bilious, liverish, cross-grainedAustralian/New Zealand • informal snaky
- This lack of rest has caused a radical shift in my personality, making me cranky, irritable, and prone to curse loudly at the slightest provocation.
- Do you find yourself irritable and cranky, taking out your anxiety and frustration on those you love?
- These individuals are emotionally robust despite their shy demeanour, and they have high standards for themselves, which is why they can seem cranky and irritable.
- 3(Of a machine) working erratically: after a juddering landing the cranky plane eased up the runwayMore example sentences
- He would have had to spend many hours with expensive and cranky machinery in order to make phonetic measurements to correlate with listener judgments.
- The old, cranky generator breaks down with an annoying frequency, severing us from the computer and studio lights.
- The engine, cranky, rusty, out-of-practice, whirred to life. The entire vehicle began to shake, violently at first, then settling.
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- As a person ages, the signs of depression are much more likely to be dismissed as crankiness or grumpiness.
- The fact that she knows hormones are causing her temporary crankiness doesn't make the feelings any less real, so cut her some slack.
- If you cut back, your body shows signs of caffeine withdrawal, like headaches, crankiness and sleepiness.
late 18th century (in the sense 'sickly, in poor health'): perhaps from obsolete (counterfeit) crank 'a rogue feigning sickness', from Dutch or German krank 'sick'.