What does cranky mean?

Definitions for cranky
ˈkræŋ kicranky

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word cranky.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. crank, cranky, tender, tippy(adj)

    (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail

  2. cranky, fractious, irritable, nettlesome, peevish, peckish, pettish, petulant, scratchy, testy, tetchy, techy(adj)

    easily irritated or annoyed

    "an incorrigibly fractious young man"; "not the least nettlesome of his countrymen"


  1. cranky(Adjective)

    Weak, unwell.

  2. cranky(Adjective)

    Not in good working condition; shaky.

  3. cranky(Adjective)

    Grouchy, irritable; easily upset.

    He got home from a long day at work tired and cranky.

  4. cranky(Adjective)

    Not in perfect mental working order; eccentric, peculiar.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cranky(adj)

    full of spirit; crank

  2. Cranky(adj)

    addicted to crotchets and whims; unreasonable in opinions; crotchety

  3. Cranky(adj)

    unsteady; easy to upset; crank

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cranky in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cranky in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of cranky in a Sentence

  1. Lewis Howes:

    Staying physically in shape helps with mental capacity and allows me to make better decisions, if I wasn’t taking care of my physical health, I’d be slower, I’d need more caffeine, and I’d be more cranky toward employees or teammates. Who cares if our business is thriving if we’re 300 pounds overweight or we have a heart attack at 35?

  2. Meir Kryger:

    Just imagine you don't sleep enough and you're cranky, who's going to want to be around you ? Another part of it is being cognitively sharp.

  3. Joe Taravella:

    I would try and put their behaviors into words like saying, 'I see that you've been more cranky lately or more upset, I'm wondering if something's going on, if you feel upset about something,'.

  4. Howard Dean:

    The strategy is get your point across, never make more than one or two big points, and don't snipe at somebody without thinking it through because you don't want to look cranky.

  5. Katie Ingram:

    'Cranky' is really the best word for it, i take a lot of medication for it, and that makes me sleepy. And I can't do a lot of the things that I like to do outside, so that makes me cranky. ... The wheezing part of it makes me feel tired.

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