cross-grained

adjective \ ˈkrȯs-ˌgrānd \

Definition of cross-grained

1 :difficult to deal with
  • her husband's self-absorbed and cross-grained nature
  • —Lance Morrow
2 :having the grain or fibers running diagonally, transversely, or irregularly

First Known Use of cross-grained

1647


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