Crank vs Quack - What's the difference?
In slang|lang=en terms the difference between crank and quack
is that crank
is (slang) penis while quack
is (slang) a doctor.
In obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between crank and quack
is that crank
is (obsolete) a sick person; an invalid while quack
is (obsolete) to make vain and loud pretensions; to boast.
As adjectives the difference between crank and quack
is that crank
is (slang) strange, weird, odd while quack
is falsely presented as having medicinal powers.
As nouns the difference between crank and quack
is that crank
is 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 while quack
is the sound made by a duck or quack
can be a fraudulent healer or incompetent professional, especially a doctor of medicine; an impostor who claims to have qualifications to practice medicine.
As verbs the difference between crank and quack
is that crank
is to turn by means of a crank
is to make a noise like a duck or quack
can be to practice or commit quackery.
(slang) strange, weird, odd
sick; unwell; infirm
(nautical, of a ship) Liable to capsize because of poorly stowed cargo or insufficient ballast
Full of spirit; brisk; lively; sprightly; overconfident; opinionated.
* Mrs. Stowe
- He who was, a little before, bedrid, was now crank and lusty.
- If you strong electioners did not think you were among the elect, you would not be so crank about it.
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.(rfex)
The act of converting power into motion, by turning a crankshaft.
(archaic) Any bend, turn, or winding, as of a passage.
* (rfdate) Spenser:
- Yes, a crank was all it needed to start .
(informal) An ill-tempered or nasty person
- So many turning cranks these have, so many crooks.
A twist or turn of the mind; caprice; whim; crotchet; also, a fit of temper or passion.
- Billy-Bob is a nasty old crank ! He chased my cat away.
(informal, British, dated in US) A person who is considered strange or odd by others. They may behave in unconventional ways.
- Violent of temper; subject to sudden cranks .
* 1882 January 14, in Pall Mall Gazette :
- John is a crank because he talks to himself .
(informal) An advocate of a pseudoscience movement.
- Persons whom the Americans since Guiteau's trial have begun to designate as ‘cranks’ —that is to say, persons of disordered mind, in whom the itch of notoriety supplies the lack of any higher ambition.
(US, slang) methamphetamine.
- That crank next door thinks he's created cold fusion in his garage.
(rare) A twist or turn in speech; a conceit consisting in a change of the form or meaning of a word.
* (rfdate) Milton:
- Danny got abscesses from shooting all that bathtub crank .
(obsolete) A sick person; an invalid.
- Quips, and cranks , and wanton wiles.
* 2013 , Reggie Chesterfield, Scoundrel (page 57)
- Thou art a counterfeit crank , a cheater.
- It was going to be hard not to blow with a girl like her sucking on his crank .
* See also .
To turn by means of a crank .
To turn a crank .
- Motorists had to crank their engine by hand.
- He's been cranking all day and yet it refuses to crank.
To cause to spin via other means, as though turned by a crank.
- He's been cranking all day and yet it refuses to crank .
- I turn the key and crank the engine; yet it doesn't turn over
To act in a cranky manner; to behave unreasonably and irritably, especially through complaining.
- Crank it up!
To be running at a high level of output or effort.
- Quit cranking about your spilt milk!
(dated) To run with a winding course; to double; to crook; to wind and turn.
* (rfdate) :
- By one hour into the shift, the boys were really cranking .
- See how this river comes me cranking in.
* crank axle
* crank call
* crank out
* crank pin
* crank shaft
* crank start
* crank up
* crank wheel
* turn someone's crank
From (etyl) *.
The sound made by a duck.
- Did you hear that duck make a quack ?
To make a noise like a duck.
- The more breadcrumbs I threw on the ground, the more they quacked .
- Do you hear the ducks quack ?
c 1630, shortening of quacksalver, from (etyl
A fraudulent healer or incompetent professional, especially a doctor of medicine; an impostor who claims to have qualifications to practice medicine.
- That doctor is nothing but a lousy quack !
- Polly (to security guard, referring to Dr. Feingarten): Are you going to let that shyster in there?
- Dr. Feingarten': I could sue you, Polly. A shyster is a disreputable lawyer. I'm a ' quack .
* 1662 : Rump: or an Exact Collection of the Choycest Poems and Songs Relating to Late Times, Vol. II , by ‘the most Eminent Wits’
- - From the motion picture
* 1720 : William Derham, Physico-theology
- Tis hard to say, how much these Arse-wormes do urge us, We now need no Quack but these Jacks for to purge us, [...]
* 1843 , '', book 2, ch. 8, ''The Electon
- After ?ome Months, the Quack gets privately to Town, [...]
- ‘if we are ourselves valets, there shall ‘exist no hero for us; we shall not know the hero when we see him;’ - we shall take the quack for a hero; and cry, audibly through all ballot-boxes and machinery whatsoever, Thou art he; be thou King over us!
(slang) A doctor.
- Quacks political; quacks scientific, academical.
* See also
To practice or commit quackery.
(obsolete) To make vain and loud pretensions; to boast.
- To quack of universal cures.
falsely presented as having medicinal powers.
- Don't get your hopes up; that's quack medicine!