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CRANKY (crankier, crankiest)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does cranky mean? 

CRANKY (adjective)
  The adjective CRANKY has 2 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: CRANKY used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

CRANKY (adjective)

Sense 1cranky [BACK TO TOP]


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


crank; cranky; tippy; tender


unstable (lacking stability or fixity or firmness)

Domain category:

boat (a small vessel for travel on water)

Sense 2cranky [BACK TO TOP]


Easily irritated or annoyed


tetchy; irritable; testy; techy; peevish; pettish; petulant; cranky; scratchy; peckish; nettlesome; fractious

Context examples:

an incorrigibly fractious young man / not the least nettlesome of his countrymen


ill-natured (having an irritable and unpleasant disposition)

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