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[kraws-nis, kros-] /ˈkrɔs nɪs, ˈkrɒs-/
the quality or state of being cross or angry; irritability; snappishness.
Origin of crossness
First recorded in 1590-1600; cross + -ness Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I'm not used to be cross, and my own crossness is much harder to bear than theirs.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Might there not have been another reason for the crossness, supposing it to have existed?

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • 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
  • 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
  • The lady's manner was a happy mixture of frigidity and crossness.

  • "The demon of crossness seems to have haunted you this morning," said Margery.

    The Judgment Books Edward Frederic Benson
  • Hal forgot his crossness in a minute; he felt so proud and honoured.

    Little Miss Peggy Mrs. Molesworth
  • 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
  • At first he had growled with crossness, but now he began to whine from frightenness.

    Outa Karel's Stories Sanni Metelerkamp

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