Origin of crossed
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
adjective, cross·er, cross·est.
- Biology.(of a chromosome segment) to undergo crossing over.
- to switch allegiance, as from one political party to another.
- to change successfully from one field of endeavor, genre, etc., to another: to cross over from jazz to rock.
- to die; pass away.
- to change arrangements made with; deceive: He crossed me up after we had agreed to tell the police the same story.
- to confuse: I was supposed to meet him at the station, but got crossed up.
Origin of cross
Related Words for crossedspan, navigate, sail, ply, cruise, crisscross, divide, block, bridge, overpass, voyage, zigzag, meet, ford, crosscut, bisect, intertwine, decussate, lace, mingle
Examples from the Web for crossed
Contemporary Examples of crossed
We haven't had any real fan reaction yet, but our collective fingers are crossed.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
January 8, 2015
Last week I turned 40, a bittersweet occasion because I crossed the line to living longer without my mother than with her.Everyone at This Dinner Party Has Lost Someone
January 6, 2015
Together, they crossed over the International Bridges on foot into Juarez to conduct some business.
For years, Cuomo gave me a hard time every time we crossed paths about whether I had cuffs or pleats.President Cuomo Would’ve Been a Lion
January 2, 2015
Chan still felt that a line had been crossed and he went to arrest the man.Protesters Slimed This Good Samaritan Cop
December 16, 2014
Historical Examples of crossed
He crossed the Rubicon of a door-mat and stood in the unlighted hall.
He crossed the ferry and went to the hotel, where he shaved and freshened himself.
The Jews have crossed the river Jordan and have occupied Palestine.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Someone, as he crossed the room, whirled to follow him with a glance.
All in all, Lanning, I think you're about as much of a man as I've ever crossed before.
noun the Cross
- the process of crossing; hybridization
- an individual produced as a result of this process
- to meet and passthe two trains crossed
- (of each of two letters in the post) to be dispatched before receipt of the other
- to trace the form of the Cross, usually with the thumb or index finger upon (someone or something) in token of blessing
- to make the sign of the Cross upon (oneself)
Word Origin for cross
"ill-tempered," 1630s, probably from 16c. sense of "contrary, athwart," especially with reference to winds and sailing ships, from cross (n.). Cross-purposes "contradictory intentions" is from 1660s.
Old English cros (mid-10c.), from Old Irish cros, probably via Scandinavian, from Latin crux (accusative crucem, genitive crucis) "stake, cross" on which criminals were impaled or hanged, hence, figuratively, "torture, trouble, misery;" originally a tall, round pole; possibly of Phoenician origin. Replaced Old English rood. Also from Latin crux are Italian croce, French croix, Spanish and Portuguese cruz, Dutch kruis, German Kreuz.
c.1200, "make the sign of a cross," from cross (n.). Sense of "to go across" is from c.1400; that of "to cancel by drawing lines over" is from mid-15c. Related: Crossed; crossing.
In addition to the idioms beginning with cross
- cross a bridge when one comes to it
- cross as a bear
- cross my heart and hope to die
- cross one's fingers
- cross one's mind
- cross over
- cross someone's palm with silver
- cross someone's path
- cross swords
- cross the Rubicon
- cross to bear
- cross up
- at cross purposes
- at the crossroads
- caught in the middle (cross-fire)
- dot one's i's and cross one's t's
- double cross
- get one's wires crossed