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[kraws-greynd, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˈgreɪnd, ˈkrɒs-/
having the grain running transversely or diagonally, or having an irregular or gnarled grain, as timber.
stubborn; perverse.
Origin of cross-grained
Related forms
cross-grainedly, adverb
cross-grainedness, noun Unabridged
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  • Was there ever such a cross-grained brute, that won't hear me?

    She Stoops to Conquer Oliver Goldsmith
  • This fellow was not only cross-grained, but absolutely malignant.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
  • 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
  • He was not a growly-wowly, cross-grained man, like some fathers we know of—not he.

    The Thorogood Family R.M. Ballantyne
  • His mother was a curious, cross-grained old woman, not yet a Christian.

    India and the Indians Edward F. Elwin
  • He handed Willie a piece of cross-grained wood and a blunt knife.

    Fighting the Flames R.M. Ballantyne
  • "cross-grained old harridan," he said out loud to his nephew.

    The Small House at Allington Anthony Trollope
  • I can't believe any one was ever born with such a cross-grained temper.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • The tough, cross-grained fibre of him seemed proof against alcohol.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • See what the Grammonts would have been now, but for this cross-grained fellow!

British Dictionary definitions for cross-grained


(of timber) having the fibres arranged irregularly or in a direction that deviates from the axis of the piece
perverse, cantankerous, or stubborn
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