AskDefine | Define cranky

Dictionary Definition

cranky adj
1 (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail [syn: crank, tender, tippy]
2 easily irritated or annoyed; "an incorrigibly fractious young man"; "not the least nettlesome of his countrymen" [syn: fractious, irritable, nettlesome, peevish, peckish, pettish, petulant, testy, tetchy, techy] [also: crankiest, crankier]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Grouchy, irritable; easily upset.
    He got home from a long day at work tired and cranky.
  2. Full of spirit; crank.
  3. Addicted to crotchets and whims; unreasonable in opinions; crotchety.


Grouchy, irritable; easily upset
  • Dutch: opvliegend, driftig
  • Finnish: äreä, ärtyisä
  • Japanese: 気難しい (kimudukashii)
Full of spirit; crank
Addicted to crotchets and whims; unreasonable in opinions; crotchety

Extensive Definition

Cranky can refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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