crisscross

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verb

criss·​cross ˈkris-ˌkrȯs How to pronounce crisscross (audio)
crisscrossed; crisscrossing; crisscrosses

transitive verb

1
: to mark with intersecting lines
2
: to pass back and forth through or over

intransitive verb

1
: to go or pass back and forth
2

crisscross

2 of 3

adjective

: marked or characterized by crisscrossing
crisscross adverb

crisscross

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noun

1
: a crisscross pattern : network
2
: the state of being at cross-purposes
also : a confused state

Examples of crisscross in a Sentence

Verb Several highways crisscross the state. shoelaces that crisscross over the top of the shoe Tourists crisscrossed the lake from morning until night. Scientists have been crisscrossing the country to collect data. Noun She pointed toward the crisscross of trees that had fallen on the path.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Garbage trucks would crisscross the city, emptying dumpsters and hauling trash to landfills outside of town. Lizz Schumer, Peoplemag, 26 May 2024 This summer, the Department of Transportation will make our first investments in rapid-charging stations along 23 major highway corridors crisscrossing our state. Serena C. McIlwain, Baltimore Sun, 22 Apr. 2024
Adjective
The style is spiky and round, ascending and descending in volume as the clusters weave in their crisscross pattern. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 17 May 2024 There’s an intricate floral pattern on the tabletop, as well as a crisscross design on both the backs and seats of the chairs. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 4 May 2024
Noun
But Take Note The crisscross of the stylish straps can make the bra hard to hide under clothing if desired. Cheryl Fenton, Parents, 20 Mar. 2024 Each hot cross bun is scored with a crisscross or decorated with a cross made of icing. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for crisscross 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

obsolete christcross, crisscross mark of a cross

First Known Use

Verb

1818, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

1614, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of crisscross was in 1614

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Cite this Entry

“Crisscross.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crisscross. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

crisscross

1 of 2 verb
criss·​cross ˈkris-ˌkrȯs How to pronounce crisscross (audio)
1
: to mark with lines that cross each other
2
: to go or cross back and forth

crisscross

2 of 2 noun
: a pattern formed by crossed lines
crisscross adjective or adverb

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