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[kraws-nis, kros-] /ˈkrɔs nɪs, ˈkrɒs-/
the quality or state of being cross or angry; irritability; snappishness.
Origin of crossness
1590-1600; cross + -ness Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • All his crossness was over and he now allowed Manuel to settle him for the night with a good nature not to be exceeded by anybody.

    Dorothy on a Ranch Evelyn Raymond
  • There's been no nerve frettin' nor crossness since the mistress was called—not once.

    Reels and Spindles Evelyn Raymond
  • And I must say that Lucy's crossness not to take them along with them in the chaise is worse than all.

    Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen
  • Then you are come to ask pardon for all your crossness, your savagery of this morning?

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • But in her relief at knowing she was able to move and speak Mona did not mind granny's crossness.

    The Making of Mona Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • I was afraid I had made him angry; yet it wasn't a look of crossness.

    The Heather-Moon C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • This she said with something almost of crossness in her manner, and Mr. Kennedy went to the afternoon service by himself.

    Phineas Finn Anthony Trollope
  • And old Peter did not like crossness in the hut, whoever did the scolding.

    Old Peter's Russian Tales Arthur Ransome
  • crossness, as I have said, had been the natural psychological result of his emotions; but his emotions were none the less real.

    The Necromancers Robert Hugh Benson
  • And she was crossness itself when, her dress changed, she sallied forth to set to work on the wash.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates

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