manual coffee grinder with hand crank (1)




  • A bent piece of an axle or shaft, or an attached arm perpendicular, or nearly so, to the end of a shaft or wheel, used to impart a rotation to a wheel or other mechanical device; also used to change circular into reciprocating motion, or reciprocating into circular motion.
  • The act of converting power into motion, by turning a crankshaft.
  • Any bend, turn, or winding, as of a passage.
  • An ill-tempered or nasty person.
  • A twist or turn of the mind; caprice; whim;
  • a fit of temper or passion.
  • A person who is considered strange or odd by others. They may behave in unconventional ways.
  • A baseball fan.
  • An advocate of a pseudoscience movement.
  • Synonym of methamphetamine.
  • A twist or turn in speech; word play consisting in a change of the form or meaning of a word.
  • A sick person; an invalid.
  • A penis.


  • To turn by means of a crank.
  • To turn a crank.
  • To turn.
  • To cause to spin via other means, as though turned by a crank.
  • To act in a cranky manner; to behave unreasonably and irritably, especially through complaining.
  • To be running at a high level of output or effort.
  • To run with a winding course; to double; to crook; to wind and turn.


  • From Middle English cronk, cranke, from Old English cranc, from Proto-West Germanic *krank, from Proto-Germanic *krangaz, *krankaz.
  • Cognate with German krank, Dutch krank.

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