Crossgrained
Crossgrained Cross"grained (-gr?nd`), a. 1. Having the grain or fibers run diagonally, or more or less transversely and irregularly, so as to interfere with splitting or planing. [1913 Webster]

If the stuff proves crossgrained, . . . then you must turn your stuff to plane it the contrary way. --Moxon. [1913 Webster]

2. Perverse; untractable; contrary; difficult to deal with.

Syn: balky, contrarious. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

She was none of your crossgrained, termagant, scolding jades. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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