[kraws-pach, kros-]

noun Informal.

a bad-tempered or irritable person.

Origin of crosspatch

First recorded in 1690–1700; cross- + patch1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crosspatch

Historical Examples of crosspatch

  • Now here is where I come in again—Queen Crosspatch—who is telling you this story.

    Racketty-Packetty House

    Frances H. Burnett

  • The two heads were close together, and the Crosspatch Conductor smiled as he passed them.

    Glory and the Other Girl

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • The train was wriggling into motion, and Glory caught sight of the Crosspatch Conductor on one end of the platform.

    Glory and the Other Girl

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

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

    The Green Forest Fairy Book

    Loretta Ellen Brady

  • I'm a crosspatch to-night, and I ought to sit by the fire and spin, instead of gamboling.

    Jane Journeys On

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

British Dictionary definitions for crosspatch



informal a peevish bad-tempered person

Word Origin for crosspatch

C18: from cross + obsolete patch fool
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