• WordNet 3.6
    • n crankiness a fussy and eccentric disposition
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The song with the longest title is "I?m a Cranky Old Yank in a Clanky Old Tank on the Streets of Yokohama with my Honolulu Mama Doin? Those Beat-o, Beat-o Flat-On-My-Seat-o, Hirohito Blues" written by Hoagy Carmichael in 1945. He later claimed the song title ended with ?Yank? and the rest was a joke
    • n Crankiness Crankness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n crankiness The state or quality of being cranky, in any sense of the word.
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In literature:

So were his associates, Kid Blaney, Stormy Longton, Holy Dick, and Cranky Herefer.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
Folks all think him a fool, and cranky some.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
William gave her everything that she wanted, but she got cranky when she'd turned sixty, and insisted on being independent.
"The Romance of a Plain Man" by Ellen Glasgow
Human nature is rather queer and cranky, as you have, no doubt, observed by this time.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
My, but that man was cranky, wasn't he!
"The Boarded-Up House" by Augusta Huiell Seaman
The cranky old 'shellback' is always 'asking for it.
"The Brassbounder" by David W. Bone
Before the words were out of his mouth the cranky canoe went over.
"Si Klegg, Book 4 (of 6) Experiences Of Si And Shorty On The Great Tullahoma Campaign" by John McElroy
My private opinion of Mr. Pendennis is that he's a cranky and exacting old pig!
"The Red Symbol" by John Ironside
They maneuvered the cranky craft into the meager shelter of the point Rick had indicated, then dropped the stone anchor.
"The Pirates of Shan" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Eleanor is quite cranky if she misses hers.
"The Crimson Gardenia and Other Tales of Adventure" by Rex Beach

In poetry:

And I said: "My dear, although you are growing old, I know,
And as crazy and as cranky as can be . . .
If you'll take me for your lover, oh we'll sail the wide seas over,
You're the ship among them all that's meant for me!"
"The Three Ships" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

First They Came for the Cranky White House Columnist.
"The Neighborhood Project": East Tosa Cranky Al's.
Cranky Pants returns on DWTS.
Did I forget to tell you that sleep deprivation makes me cranky.
The cranky old miser everyone loves is coming to the stage.
Suffice to say, Carlisle was cranky after the Mavericks' 100-94 loss to the Suns on Wednesday night.
Netflix customers were cranky for much of the year, but online shoppers in general are a content bunch, according to an annual customer satisfaction survey.
This build was intended for the JMD/ Dr cranky challenge however the challenge was cancelled late September.
The very things that once made the current Miami Heat shooting guard a precocious superstar have led fans to now see him as a cranky turncoat.
My name is Jonah, but some people call me Jonah the Cranky.
The cranky call comes from the cluttered upstairs bedroom.
When did social media get invaded by cranky guys.
These films' aging protagonists range from lovably cranky to downright mean.
Diller's his usual cranky self this morning on IAC 's Q308 earnings conference call.
How they focus our attention on the faults of others, whip us into a competitive frenzy and instill a wired crankiness in those paying a smidgeon of attention.