[kraws-kwes-chuh n, kros-]

verb (used with object)

to cross-examine.


a question asked by way of cross-examination.

Origin of cross-question

First recorded in 1685–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cross-question

Historical Examples of cross-question

  • At last this lively maiden got Philip away from the rest, and began to cross-question him.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • "The woman manes it," said Pete, and he began to cross-question her.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • The doctor has forbidden her to speak: in her present condition you cannot cross-question her.

    Debts of Honor

    Maurus Jkai

  • Then suddenly he began to cross-question her about Mr. James Hayley.

    Good Old Anna

    Marie Belloc Lowndes

  • Donald seemed about to cross-question him when Peg Macllrea spoke.

    The Northern Iron

    George A. Birmingham

British Dictionary definitions for cross-question


verb (tr)

to cross-examine


a question asked in cross-examination
Derived Formscross-questioning, noun
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