(noun, adjective, verb)


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

Similar word(s): unstable, cranky, tender, tippy


1. a bad-tempered person

Similar word(s): churl, crosspatch, grouch, grump

Definition categories: person

2. a whimsically eccentric person

Similar word(s): crackpot, fruitcake, nut, screwball

Definition categories: person, eccentric, flake, geek, oddball

3. 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

Similar word(s): chalk, glass, ice, meth, methamphetamine, methedrine, shabu, trash

Definition categories: man–made, amphetamine, speed, upper

4. a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle

Similar word(s): starter

Definition categories: man–made

Sentences with crank as a noun:

- Yes, a crank was all it needed to start.

- Billy-Bob is a nasty old crank! He chased my cat away.

- John is a crank because he talks to himself.

- That crank next door thinks he's created cold fusion in his garage.

- Danny got abscesses from shooting all that bathtub crank.


1. travel along a zigzag path

Similar word(s): zigzag

Definition categories: motion, go, locomote, move, travel

2. start by cranking

- crank up the engine

Definition categories: motion, start

3. rotate with a crank

Definition categories: contact, circumvolve, rotate

4. fasten with a crank

Definition categories: contact, fasten, fix, secure

5. bend into the shape of a crank

Definition categories: contact, bend, deform, flex, turn, twist

Sentences with crank as a verb:

- Motorists had to crank their engine by hand.

- I turn the key and crank the engine; yet it doesn't turn over

- Crank it up!

- Quit cranking about your spilt milk!

- By one hour into the shift, the boys were really cranking.