Word of the Day: Cranky

cran-ky / ˈkraŋ-kē




  1. prone to fussiness; grouchy

Your wrinkles either show that you’re nasty, cranky, and senile, or that you’re always smiling.

Carlos Santana, 1947-


  1. eccentric

Everybody should espouse three or four harmless crank theories for the pure pleasure of having something harmless to be cranky about.

Alexei Panshin, 1940-


  1. twisty or winding

[…] when you skip breakfast, the very first meal of the day, you are setting a cranky road for your day.

Shragvee Shukla, ?-



  1. erratic; in unpredictable working condition

There were orchards, a modest farmhouse, a sagging barn sheltering a cranky tractor old enough to be a historic landmark, and a chance to get back to his farming roots.

from ‘A Man and his Mountain: The Everyman who Created Kendall-Jackson and Became America’s Greatest Wine Entrepreneur’ by Edward Humes, ?-