Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having a bad disposition; peevish.
  • adj. Having eccentric ways; odd.
  • adj. Full of bends and turns; crooked: a cranky mountain road.
  • adj. Working unpredictably; erratic: a cranky old truck.
  • adj. Rickety; loose.
  • adj. Nautical Liable to capsize.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Weak, unwell.
  • adj. Not in good working condition; shaky.
  • adj. Grouchy, irritable; easily upset.
  • adj. Not in perfect mental working order; eccentric, peculiar.
  • adj. Full of spirit; spirited.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of spirit; crank.
  • adj. Addicted to crotchets and whims; unreasonable in opinions; crotchety.
  • adj. Unsteady; easy to upset; crank.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having cranks or turns; checkered.
  • Full of cranks; full of whims and crotchets; having the characteristics of a crank.
  • Sickly; ailing.
  • Nautical, liable to be overset: same as crank, 1.
  • In a shaky or loose condition; rickety.
  • Merry; cheerful: same as crank.
  • n. A pitman.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. easily irritated or annoyed
  • adj. (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail

Etymologies

From crank +‎ -y. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Half the reason we are so goddamn cranky is that we are constantly seeing profoundly talented people passed up for books that are "more commercial" (read: "OMG the hot new dude at school IS ACTUALLY A SUPERNATURAL ENTITY WHO WANTS TO DO IT WITH ME!!!!"); it makes us sad, but the industry right now is not a pretty picture, dear ones.

    The Cold and Ugly Light of Truth: Special MFA Edition

  • Most of her life, she lived in cranky desperation.

    December 2007

  • Luna Lovegood, also, is too ready to believe in cranky theories.

    July 2007

  • Since being cranky is pretty much the opposite of having a good time, my Powerbook has been hiding out in my backpack for the last few days, while I've been out enjoying that real life I have read so much about on its screen.

    In Exile

  • I am pretty sure I have redefined the word cranky in their minds.

    EXTRALIFE – By Scott Johnson - It’s not looking good…

  • Since I'm in cranky mode, I might as well vent some more: If I hear one more person add "God Bless America" to a political statement, up to and including the chief, I think I'll barf.

    If The U.S. is Wounded Everybody Bleeds

  • "After the fourth inning, he started getting a little, cranky is probably not the right word, but we kept an eye on him pretty closely," Francona said.

    USATODAY.com

  • The Vatican is to urge Catholics to resist experimenting in cranky “alternative” lifestyles, in an attempt to prevent its flock being led astray by the growing popularity of New Age spiritualism.

    Beware New Age, Vatican tells flock

  • Sometimes, I find myself moody and just plain cranky to him.

    5.5 dimensions of cross-cultural love part 2

  • I’m not advocating for the FAA proposal in any meaningful sense, just pointing out that cranky is misrepresenting things.

    Matthew Yglesias » Nav Canada

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