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[kraws-dres, kros-]
verb (used without object)
  1. to dress in clothing typically worn by members of the opposite sex.
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Related formscross-dress·er, noun
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  1. the wearing of clothes normally associated with the opposite sex
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Derived Formscross-dresser, noun
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Word Origin and History for cross-dressing


also crossdressing, cross dressing, 1911, from cross (adj.) + dressing; a translation of German Transvestismus (cf. transvestite).

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