Definition of Cranky

1. Adjective. (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail.

Exact synonyms: Crank, Tender, Tippy
Category relationships: Boat
Similar to: Unstable



2. Adjective. Easily irritated or annoyed. "Not the least nettlesome of his countrymen"

Definition of Cranky

1. a. Full of spirit; crank.

Definition of Cranky

1. Adjective. (obsolete) Weak, unwell. ¹

2. Adjective. (context: of a machine, etc.) Not in good working condition; shaky. ¹

3. Adjective. Grouchy, irritable; easily upset. ¹

4. Adjective. Not in perfect mental working order; eccentric, peculiar. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Cranky

1. grumpy [adj CRANKIER, CRANKIEST] - See also: grumpy

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cranky

crankle
crankled
crankles
crankling
crankly
crankness
crankous
crankpin
crankpins
cranks
cranks up
crankset
cranksets
crankshaft
crankshafts
cranky (current term)
crannied
crannies
crannock
crannocks
crannog
crannoge
crannoges
crannogs
cranny
crannying
cranreuch
cranreuchs
crans
crant

Literary usage of Cranky

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1. Northumberland Words by Richard Oliver Heslop, Oliver Heslop (1892)
"cranky, crank, tottering. Applied to a person, it means one whose mind is off the ... Crazy or cranky." Or it means a person weak and poorly and almost ..."

2. The Literary World by Samuel R. Crocker, Edward Abbott, Nicholas Paine Gilman, Madeline Vaughan Abbott Bushnell, Bliss Carman, Herbert Copeland (1881)
"... who is a good sped men of a cranky American girl ; Mr. Boden- stein, the German banker, and his wife, both of whom furnish suggestions of shoddy; ..."

3. Three Years with Counterfeiters, Smug[g]lers, and Boodle Carriers: With by George Pickering Burnham (1875)
"His name was Thomas M. Hale, and he subsequently became known by the cognomen of" cranky Tom," in another kind of society into which he drifted in after ..."

4. A Handbook for Travellers in Surrey, Hampshire, and the Isle of Wight by John Murray (Firm) (1876)
"cranky (Stat.). Tho village is large, clean, pleasantly situated by a wide common, and is considered to be one of the healthiest places in tho county ..."

5. My Quarter Century of American Politics by Champ Clark (1920)
"Bennett Clark at "Beauchamp," in France—Motherly Mrs. Call—cranky, superstitious John Call—Colonel Watterson's valuable hints—First whole dollar; ..."

6. Northumberland Words by Richard Oliver Heslop, Oliver Heslop (1892)
"cranky, crank, tottering. Applied to a person, it means one whose mind is off the ... Crazy or cranky." Or it means a person weak and poorly and almost ..."

7. The Literary World by Samuel R. Crocker, Edward Abbott, Nicholas Paine Gilman, Madeline Vaughan Abbott Bushnell, Bliss Carman, Herbert Copeland (1881)
"... who is a good sped men of a cranky American girl ; Mr. Boden- stein, the German banker, and his wife, both of whom furnish suggestions of shoddy; ..."

8. Three Years with Counterfeiters, Smug[g]lers, and Boodle Carriers: With by George Pickering Burnham (1875)
"His name was Thomas M. Hale, and he subsequently became known by the cognomen of" cranky Tom," in another kind of society into which he drifted in after ..."

9. A Handbook for Travellers in Surrey, Hampshire, and the Isle of Wight by John Murray (Firm) (1876)
"cranky (Stat.). Tho village is large, clean, pleasantly situated by a wide common, and is considered to be one of the healthiest places in tho county ..."

10. My Quarter Century of American Politics by Champ Clark (1920)
"Bennett Clark at "Beauchamp," in France—Motherly Mrs. Call—cranky, superstitious John Call—Colonel Watterson's valuable hints—First whole dollar; ..."

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