[kraws-greynd, kros-]
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  1. having the grain running transversely or diagonally, or having an irregular or gnarled grain, as timber.
  2. stubborn; perverse.

Origin of cross-grained

First recorded in 1640–50
Related formscross-grained·ly, adverbcross-grained·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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