[ kraws-pach, kros- ]
/ ˈkrɔsˌpætʃ, ˈkrɒs- /

noun Informal.

a bad-tempered or irritable person.

Origin of crosspatch

First recorded in 1690–1700; cross- + patch1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cross-patch

  • I hope you will let me know if you think I have invented a good plan to cure a cross-patch.

    The Big Nightcap Letters|Frances Elizabeth Barrow
  • "You are a cross-patch," exclaimed Nan in her most spoilt tone.

British Dictionary definitions for cross-patch


/ (ˈkrɒsˌpætʃ) /


informal a peevish bad-tempered person

Word Origin for crosspatch

C18: from cross + obsolete patch fool
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Word Origin and History for cross-patch



"peevish person," usually female, c.1700, from cross (adj.) + patch (n.1) "piece."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper