- 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
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Examples from the Web for 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
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