follow Dictionary.com

Capitol vs. capital? What's the difference?

cross-grained

[kraws-greynd, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˈgreɪnd, ˈkrɒs-/
adjective
1.
having the grain running transversely or diagonally, or having an irregular or gnarled grain, as timber.
2.
stubborn; perverse.
Origin of cross-grained
1640-1650
1640-50
Related forms
cross-grainedly, adverb
cross-grainedness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for cross-grained
Historical Examples
  • Was there ever such a cross-grained brute, that won't hear me?

    She Stoops to Conquer Oliver Goldsmith
  • I can't believe any one was ever born with such a cross-grained temper.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • At the first verse that cross-grained spinster, with real likes and dislikes, put a bony hand quietly before her eyes.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
  • See what the Grammonts would have been now, but for this cross-grained fellow!

  • His mother was a curious, cross-grained old woman, not yet a Christian.

    India and the Indians Edward F. Elwin
  • He is peevish and cross-grained, poor man, since he came here.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • "cross-grained old harridan," he said out loud to his nephew.

    The Small House at Allington Anthony Trollope
  • Confusion, vexation and every cross-grained word in the language!

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
  • The tough, cross-grained fibre of him seemed proof against alcohol.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • This fellow was not only cross-grained, but absolutely malignant.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
British Dictionary definitions for cross-grained

cross-grained

adjective
1.
(of timber) having the fibres arranged irregularly or in a direction that deviates from the axis of the piece
2.
perverse, cantankerous, or stubborn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for cross-grained

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for cross

7
8
Scrabble Words With Friends