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English adjective: crank

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

Synonymscranky, tender, tippy


Domain categoryboat


English noun: crank

1. crank (person) a bad-tempered person

Synonymschurl, crosspatch, grouch, grump

Broader (hypernym)disagreeable person, unpleasant person

Narrower (hyponym)crab, crabby person, fire-eater, hothead, misanthrope, misanthropist

2. crank (person) a whimsically eccentric person

Synonymscrackpot, fruitcake, nut, nut case, screwball

Broader (hypernym)eccentric, eccentric person, flake, geek, oddball

3. crank (artifact) 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

Synonymschalk, chicken feed, deoxyephedrine, glass, ice, meth, methamphetamine, methamphetamine hydrochloride, Methedrine, shabu, trash

Broader (hypernym)amphetamine, controlled substance, pep pill, speed, upper

4. crank (artifact) a hand tool consisting of a rotating shaft with parallel handle


Broader (hypernym)hand tool

Narrower (hyponym)crank handle, starting handle

English verb: crank

1. crank (motion) travel along a zigzag path

SamplesThe river zigzags through the countryside.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel


2. crank (motion) start by cranking

SamplesCrank up the engine.

ExamplesThese cars won't crank

Synonymscrank up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)start, start up

3. crank (contact) rotate with a crank

Synonymscrank up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)circumvolve, rotate

4. crank (contact) fasten with a crank

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)fasten, fix, secure

5. crank (contact) bend into the shape of a crank

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bend, deform, flex, turn, twist

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