- having the grain running transversely or diagonally, or having an irregular or gnarled grain, as timber.
- stubborn; perverse.
Origin of cross-grained
Related Words for cross-grainedrugged, rocky, coarse, bumpy, fuzzy, choppy, harsh, delinquent, rebellious, headstrong, capricious, unruly, recalcitrant, erratic, errant, grouchy, grumpy, crusty, ornery, cantankerous
Examples from the Web for cross-grained
Historical Examples of cross-grained
I can't believe any one was ever born with such a cross-grained temper.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
See what the Grammonts would have been now, but for this cross-grained fellow!The Memoirs of Count Grammont, Complete
He is peevish and cross-grained, poor man, since he came here.Scaramouche
Confusion, vexation and every cross-grained word in the language!Shoulder-Straps
"In sooth, I am too cross-grained," said Griffith, relenting.
- (of timber) having the fibres arranged irregularly or in a direction that deviates from the axis of the piece
- perverse, cantankerous, or stubborn