Meaning of CRANK in English

CRANK

/ kræŋk; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

1.

( disapproving ) a person with ideas that other people find strange

SYN eccentric :

Vegetarians are no longer dismissed as cranks.

2.

( NAmE ) a person who easily gets angry or annoyed

3.

a bar and handle in the shape of an L that you pull or turn to produce movement in a machine, etc.

—picture at bicycle

■ verb

[ vn ] crank sth (up) to make sth turn or move by using a crank :

to crank an engine

( figurative )

He has a limited time to crank the reforms into action.

PHRASAL VERBS

- crank sth out

- crank sth up

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WORD ORIGIN

noun sense 3 and verb Old English cranc (recorded in crancstæf , denoting a weaver's implement), related to crincan bend, yield, fall in battle , of Germanic origin .

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