[kraws-nis, kros-]


the quality or state of being cross or angry; irritability; snappishness.

Origin of crossness

First recorded in 1590–1600; cross + -ness Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crossness

Historical Examples of crossness

  • I'm not used to be cross, and my own crossness is much harder to bear than theirs.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Might there not have been another reason for the crossness, supposing it to have existed?

  • Then you are come to ask pardon for all your crossness, your savagery of this morning?

  • There's been no nerve frettin' nor crossness since the mistress was called—not once.

    Reels and Spindles

    Evelyn Raymond

  • And I must say that Lucy's crossness not to take them along with them in the chaise is worse than all.