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[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.
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Origin of cross-grained

First recorded in 1640–50
Related formscross-grained·ly, adverbcross-grained·ness, noun
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Historical Examples

  • 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!

  • He is peevish and cross-grained, poor man, since he came here.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • Confusion, vexation and every cross-grained word in the language!


    Henry Morford

  • "In sooth, I am too cross-grained," said Griffith, relenting.

British Dictionary definitions for cross-grained


  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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