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Definition of cranky adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    cranky

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈkræŋki//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkræŋki//
     
    (informal) Anger
     
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  1. 1(British English) strange synonym eccentric cranky ideas/schemes
  2. 2(especially North American English) bad-tempered The kids were getting tired and a little cranky. See related entries: Anger
  3. Word Origin late 18th cent. (in the sense ‘sickly, in poor health’): perhaps from obsolete (counterfeit) crank ‘a rogue pretending to be sick’, from Dutch or German krank ‘sick’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cranky