Definition of cranky in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkraŋki

adjective (crankier, crankiest)

  • 3(Of a machine) working erratically: after a juddering landing the cranky plane eased up the runway
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    • 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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  • Kassy shook her head crankily, ‘It's nothing!’
  • I remembered our argument and frowned crankily.
  • I crankily pulled out my emergency credit card.


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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'.

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