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cross·​wise ˈkrȯs-ˌwīz How to pronounce crosswise (audio)
archaic : in the form of a cross
: so as to cross something : across
carrot sticks cut crosswise


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: involved in conflict or disagreement
got crosswise with his teacher

Examples of crosswise in a Sentence

Adverb Cut the potato crosswise rather than lengthwise into thin slices. first cut the sandwiches crosswise and then trim the crusts Adjective He got crosswise with his boss and nearly lost his job.
Recent Examples on the Web
Make another layer with another 1/4 of the eggplant slices, this time arranging them crosswise to the first layer. Carolyn Casner, Chicago Tribune, 13 Aug. 2022 Serve: Carve the chicken breasts off the bone, slice them crosswise, and serve with the salad. Beth Segal, cleveland, 23 Sep. 2021 Slice each wedge crosswise into triangles, no more than 1/8-inch-thick. Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2020 Cut each half crosswise into 1/16-inch-thick half-moon slices. Los Angeles Times, 24 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of crosswise was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Crosswise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: so as to cross something : across
logs laid crosswise
crosswise adjective

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