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Meaning & Definition of Crank in English

English

Crank

/kræŋk/

noun

1. A bad-tempered person

    synonym:
  • grouch
  • ,
  • grump
  • ,
  • crank
  • ,
  • churl
  • ,
  • crosspatch

2. A whimsically eccentric person

    synonym:
  • crackpot
  • ,
  • crank
  • ,
  • nut
  • ,
  • nut case
  • ,
  • fruitcake
  • ,
  • screwball

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
    synonym:
  • methamphetamine
  • ,
  • methamphetamine hydrochloride
  • ,
  • Methedrine
  • ,
  • meth
  • ,
  • deoxyephedrine
  • ,
  • chalk
  • ,
  • chicken feed
  • ,
  • crank
  • ,
  • glass
  • ,
  • ice
  • ,
  • shabu
  • ,
  • trash

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

    synonym:
  • crank
  • ,
  • starter

verb

1. Travel along a zigzag path

  • "The river zigzags through the countryside"
    synonym:
  • zigzag
  • ,
  • crank

2. Start by cranking

  • "Crank up the engine"
    synonym:
  • crank
  • ,
  • crank up

3. Rotate with a crank

    synonym:
  • crank
  • ,
  • crank up

4. Fasten with a crank

    synonym:
  • crank

5. Bend into the shape of a crank

    synonym:
  • crank

adjective

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

    synonym:
  • crank
  • ,
  • cranky
  • ,
  • tender
  • ,
  • tippy