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[kraws-pach, kros-]
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noun Informal.
  1. a bad-tempered or irritable person.
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Origin of crosspatch

First recorded in 1690–1700; cross- + patch1
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Related Words for crosspatch

sorehead, grump, crank, crab, killjoy, growler, whiner, curmudgeon, crosspatch, faultfinder, complainer, bear, malcontent, kicker, sourpuss, bug, griper, sulker, grouser

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Historical Examples of crosspatch

  • "I said crosspatch," she faltered and waited bravely for the deluge.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin

    Frances R. Sterrett

  • "He won't ever forget I called him a crosspatch," she said sadly and she blushed.

    Mary Rose of Mifflin

    Frances R. Sterrett

  • “And you're helping her,” the Crosspatch Conductor said, gruffly.

    Glory and the Other Girl

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • “I call Miss Winstead crosspatch now,” she said on this occasion.

    Daddy's Girl

    L. T. Meade

  • King Crosspatch would sigh, as he watched the old man at work.

    The Green Forest Fairy Book

    Loretta Ellen Brady

British Dictionary definitions for crosspatch


  1. informal a peevish bad-tempered person
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Word Origin for crosspatch

C18: from cross + obsolete patch fool
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