Crank - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kræŋk|  American pronunciation of the word crank
Brit.  |kraŋk|  British pronunciation of the word crank


- a bad-tempered person (syn: churl, crosspatch, grouch, grump)
- a whimsically eccentric person (syn: crackpot, fruitcake, nut, screwball)
- an amphetamine derivative (trade name Methedrine) used in the form of a crystalline hydrochloride; used as a stimulant to the nervous system and as an appetite suppressant (syn: chalk, deoxyephedrine, glass, ice, meth, methamphetamine, methedrine, shabu, trash)
- a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle (syn: starter)


- travel along a zigzag path (syn: zigzag)
- start by cranking
- rotate with a crank
- fasten with a crank
- bend into the shape of a crank


- (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail (syn: cranky, tender, tippy)


To open the car window, turn the crank on the door.

He was dismissed as a crank until his article was published.

Most people think she's just a harmless crank.

He cranked the temperature to 75 degrees.

Crank the engine to see if it will start.

Zoff was originally dismissed as a crank, but his theories later became very influential.

Try cranking the engine.

...a sententious crank who has written countless letters to the editor about the decline in family values...

he gave the crank a spin

We have to crank out publications in order to receive funding

Word forms

I/you/we/they: crank
he/she/it: cranks
present participle: cranking
past tense: cranked
past participle: cranked
singular: crank
plural: cranks
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