[ verb kraws-chek, kros-; noun kraws-chek, -chek, kros- ]
/ verb ˈkrɔsˈtʃɛk, ˈkrɒs-; noun ˈkrɔsˌtʃɛk, -ˈtʃɛk, ˈkrɒs- /

verb (used with object)

to determine the accuracy of (something) by checking it with various sources.
Ice Hockey. to execute a cross-check on (an opponent).


the act of cross-checking.
a means of cross-checking: I examined contemporary newspaper reports as a cross-check on his account.
Ice Hockey. an obstructing or impeding of the movement or progress of an opponent by placing the stick, with both hands, across the opponent's body or face.Compare check1(def 37).

Origin of cross-check

First recorded in 1935–40

Related forms

cross-check·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for crosscheck


/ (ˌkrɒsˈtʃɛk) /


to verify (a fact, report, etc) by considering conflicting opinions or consulting other sources
(in ice hockey) to check illegally, as by chopping at an opponent's arms or stick


the act or an instance of crosschecking
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