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crosspatch

[kraws-pach, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˌpætʃ, ˈkrɒs-/
noun, Informal.
1.
a bad-tempered or irritable person.
Origin of crosspatch
1690-1700
1690-1700; cross- + patch1
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Examples from the Web for crosspatch
Historical Examples
  • "I said crosspatch," she faltered and waited bravely for the deluge.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin Frances R. Sterrett
  • "He won't ever forget I called him a crosspatch," she said sadly and she blushed.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin Frances R. Sterrett
  • Queen Grumpy and King crosspatch refused to ride in their royal coach of gold and glass.

    The Green Forest Fairy Book Loretta Ellen Brady
  • “And you're helping her,” the crosspatch Conductor said, gruffly.

    Glory and the Other Girl Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • “I call Miss Winstead crosspatch now,” she said on this occasion.

    Daddy's Girl L. T. Meade
  • King crosspatch would sigh, as he watched the old man at work.

    The Green Forest Fairy Book Loretta Ellen Brady
  • I'm a crosspatch to-night, and I ought to sit by the fire and spin, instead of gamboling.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • And it's the crosspatch Conductor's day, too—we've had an awful time coaxing him to wait!

    Glory and the Other Girl Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • The two heads were close together, and the crosspatch Conductor smiled as he passed them.

    Glory and the Other Girl Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • Mr. Blodgett said he'd telegraph to have the crosspatch Conduc—I mean the conductor—bring them with him to-morrow.

    Glory and the Other Girl Annie Hamilton Donnell
British Dictionary definitions for crosspatch

crosspatch

/ˈkrɒsˌpætʃ/
noun
1.
(informal) a peevish bad-tempered person
Word Origin
C18: from cross + obsolete patch fool
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