Meaning of “crank” in the English Dictionary

"crank" in British English

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(Definition of “crank” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"crank" in American English

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cranknoun [ C ]

us /kræŋk/

crank noun [ C ] (PERSON)

a person who has strange ideas and behaves in strange ways:

He just seemed like a harmless crank to me.

crank noun [ C ] (HANDLE)

a handle or bar on a machine that you can turn to make another part turn

(Definition of “crank” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)