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Definition of "cranky" []

  • Having a bad disposition; peevish. (adjective)
  • Having eccentric ways; odd. (adjective)
  • Full of bends and turns; crooked: a cranky mountain road. (adjective)
  • Working unpredictably; erratic: a cranky old truck. (adjective)
  • Rickety; loose. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cranky" in a sentence
  • "Half the reason we are so goddamn cranky is that we are constantly seeing profoundly talented people passed up for books that are "more commercial" (read: "OMG the hot new dude at school IS ACTUALLY A SUPERNATURAL ENTITY WHO WANTS TO DO IT WITH ME!!!!"); it makes us sad, but the industry right now is not a pretty picture, dear ones."
  • "Most of her life, she lived in cranky desperation."
  • "Luna Lovegood, also, is too ready to believe in cranky theories."