Definition of crosspatch in English:

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crosspatch

Pronunciation: /ˈkrôsˌpaCH/

noun

informal
A bad-tempered person.
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.

Origin

Early 18th century: from the adjective cross + obsolete patch 'fool, clown', perhaps from Italian pazzo 'madman'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: cross·patch

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