cranky ADJECTIVE (crankier, crankiest) informal 1) eccentric, odd. 2) chiefly N. Amer. bad-tempered; irritable. 3) (of a machine) working erratically.
DERIVATIVES crankily adverb crankiness noun.
ORIGIN originally in the sense «sickly, in poor health»: perhaps from Dutch or German krank 'sick' .

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