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Date: 1700-1800
Origin: Partly from CRANK1; partly from crank 'loose, not working properly' (18-19 centuries) (perhaps from Dutch or German krank 'weak, ill')

cranky

adjective
     
crank‧y
1 British English informal strange [↪ eccentric, weird]:
Organic farming is no longer thought of as cranky.
2 informal bad-tempered:
I was feeling tired and cranky.
crankiness noun [uncountable]

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