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Definition of "crankiness" [crank•i•ness]

  • The state of being cranky (noun) : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "crankiness" in a sentence
  • "Tarek Fatah jumped the shark quite some time ago, but his increasing crankiness is still news."
  • "Andy, my crankiness comes from the fact that so many "picture books for older readers" are forced by the nature of the form to take an either cursory or superficial approach to problems "possibly not resolvable in a thirty-two page format," as former HB editor Anita Silvey put it."
  • "What you call crankiness in old people, so trying to the younger generations, does not arise from natural hatefulness of disposition and a released congenital selfishness, but from atrophying glands, and, no doubt, a subtle rebellion against nature for consigning men to ineptitude when they should be entering upon their best period of usefulness, and philosophical as well as active enjoyment of life."