cranky is a word that is used to describe someone who is angry and unpleasant. They might be grumpy or irritable, and they might not seemhappy at all.

  • She was feeling cranky because she had to work overtime.

  • He was cranky because he wasn't getting any sleep.

Definition of cranky


easily irritated or annoyed


fractious, irritable, nettlesome, peckish, peevish, pettish, petulant, scratchy, techy, testy, tetchy


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


crank, tender, tippy

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Example Sentences for cranky

  • 1

    She's the cranky one in the family.

  • 2

    The filter can be cranky sometimes.

  • 3

    The nausea was gone as was my crankiness.

  • 4

    Flint is old, ornery, cranky, and gruff.

  • 5

    The best one is the Cranky Kong line.

  • 6

    Last night he was feverish and lethargic and cranky.

  • 7

    Is the person answering the question feeling cranky or mischevious

  • 8

    Is the requestor using one of the really cranky templates

  • 9

    She's displayed and perceived as cranky most of the time.

  • 10

    For me, that means overcoming my tendencies to be sententious and cranky.