Definition of cross-grained in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrɒsɡreɪnd/


1(Of timber) having a grain that runs across the regular grain.
Example sentences
  • Complementing the bookmatched crotch mahogany veneers of the panels and drawer faces are the cross-grained rosewood facings of the finial plinth, doorframes, and drawer banding.
  • The lower portions of the bookcase doors have panels of crotch mahogany set within cross-grained and mitred satinwood surrounds.
  • The drawer openings were defined by cross-grained half-round moldings glued directly to the case.
2Stubbornly contrary or bad-tempered: Bruce was a cross-grained and boastful individual
More example sentences
  • One can see that his colleagues must have regarded him as a cross-grained old curmudgeon.
  • How should you like it if any cross-grained brute should call you Mr M the moment he chose to be uncivil?
  • The reaction in the Scottish Parliament this week said a lot about our MSPs and their cross-grained views.
Scottish  thrawn
informal cussed
British informal bloody-minded, bolshie, stroppy
North American informal balky
rare renitent, pervicacious, contrarious
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