[ kraws-greynd, kros- ]
/ ˈkrɔsˈgreɪnd, ˈkrɒs- /


having the grain running transversely or diagonally, or having an irregular or gnarled grain, as timber.
stubborn; perverse.

Origin of cross-grained

First recorded in 1640–50

Related forms

cross-grained·ly, adverbcross-grained·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cross-grained



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

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