A bad-tempered person.
More example sentences
- York is bulging at the walls with Scrooges, Grinches, crotchety crosspatches and other assorted bah humbuggers.
- The crosspatch is therefore disabled physically, socially and psychologically.
- Mr Curry was no one person in particular but an amalgam of all the mean, intolerant and bigoted crosspatches I had come across over the years.
early 18th century: from the adjective cross + obsolete patch 'fool, clown', perhaps from Italian pazzo 'madman'.