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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)


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Meaning:

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

Synonyms:

crank; cranky; tippy; tender

Similar:

unstable (lacking stability or fixity or firmness)

Domain category:

boat (a small vessel for travel on water)


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Meaning:

Easily irritated or annoyed

Synonyms:

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

Similar:

ill-natured (having an irritable and unpleasant disposition)


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