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But he hasn't got no use for any of the guys that gets a cranky play in on him; he won't stand it.

He always was stubborn as an off ox and cranky as a windlass.

He's as straight and square and honest as he is obstinate and cranky.

And if you think Ferdinand's the man to give in to a cranky Khedive, you're much mistaken.

He had been given only a mild shock, but it had been enough for his fluttery, cranky heart.

"Serves him right—for being so cross and cranky," was Andy's comment.

"Some of the boys do shake 'em up when they feel sort of cranky," admitted Ketchel.

Taking care of cranky babies isn't what it is cracked up to be.

You'd be cranky and grumbly and disagreeable too, I dare say.

Crocker smiled in the darkness; he had been too "cranky" to belong to Shelton's "set."

WORD ORIGIN

"cross-tempered, irritable," 1807, from crank (n.) + -y (2). The evolution would be from earlier senses of crank, e.g. "a twist or fanciful turn of speech" (1590s); "inaccessible hole or crevice" (1560s). Grose's 1787 "Provincial Glossary" has "Cranky. Ailing sickly from the dutch crank, sick." and identifies it as a Northern word. Related: Crankily; crankiness.

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