- The definition of crank is owned by or resulting from a grouchy or irrational person.
An example of crank used as an adjective is in the phrase "crank call," which means a phone call from a prankster.
- Crank is defined as a handle or a bent arm which is used to make a motor or machine rotate, or a crank is an informal term for a grouchy person.
- An example of a crank is the handle you turn to churn ice cream on an old-fashioned ice cream freezer.
- An example of a crank is a person who is constantly complaining.
- Crank means to start or operate something by turning a handle, or is slang for turning up the volume.
- An example of crank is to turn the handle on an ice cream maker.
- An example of crank is to turn the sound on a stereo system, to crank up the volume.
crank definition by Webster's New World
- a handle or arm bent at right angles and connected to a shaft of a machine, used to transmit motion or to change rotary motion into reciprocating motion, or vice versa
- a person who has odd, stubborn notions about something; eccentric
- an irritable, complaining person; cranky person
- Archaic a bend or turn
- a fanciful or unusual turn of speech or thought; conceit
- a queer or fantastic action or idea; whim; caprice
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English cranc-, as in crancstæf, yarn comb, cringe, crinkle: basic sense “something twisted”: for Indo-European base see cradle
- to form into the shape of a crank
- to start or operate by means of a crank
- Rare to provide with a crank
- to turn a crank, as in starting an engine or operating a device
- Obsolete to wind and twist; zigzag
- Naut. cranky (sense )
- loose and shaky: said of machinery
Origin: earlier crank sided ; from Dutch or Frisian krengd, laid over (; from krengan, to push over, literally , make cringe; akin to cringe): assimilated in form to crank
- Now Dial. high-spirited; lively
Origin: Late Middle English cranke ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
crank definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A device for transmitting rotary motion, consisting of a handle or arm attached at right angles to a shaft.
- A clever turn of speech; a verbal conceit: quips and cranks.
- A peculiar or eccentric idea or action.
- Informal a. A grouchy person.b. An eccentric person, especially one who is unduly zealous.
- Slang Methamphetamine.
- a. To start or operate (an engine, for example) by or as if by turning a handle.b. To move or operate (a window, for example) by or as if by turning a handle.
- To make into the shape of a crank; bend.
- To provide with a handle that is used in turning.
- To turn a handle.
- To wind in a zigzagging course.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English cranc- (as in crancstǽf, weaving implement).
Origin: Origin unknown.
crank - Phrases/Idioms
- to get started
- â to increase, esp. to a high level, the loudness, speed, etc. of to crank up the volume on a stereo