Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A peevish, irascible person; a grouch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A grumpy, bad-tempered or irascible person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An ill-natured person.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ill-natured person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bad-tempered person

Etymologies

cross + patch, jester.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
cross (“grumpy”) +‎ patch (“fool”). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Don't be a fashion crosspatch, denouncing girls in shorts so short they look more like underwear than items of outdoor clothing.

    How to get stylish

  • He's a youthful crosspatch, a reedy-voiced adolescent with a gripe.

    Hamlet; Passion; Beautiful Burnout; Wanderlust

  • Our pick for walls is the Eames crosspatch combo, which comes in a pack of 20 squares. $52 at www. whatisblik.com.

    Trend Report Study in style

  • The couple with that crosspatch cat, Bathsheba, had bars on all the ground-floor and basement windows, and no fewer than three separate locks on their front door.

    Portobello

  • I am conscious of having been something of a crosspatch this week, so allow me to finish by applauding BBC4 for its North of England stuff.

    Trouble at the ranch as Adrian Chiles gets the jitters

  • Nancys hands were clenched into fists by her side, her mouth drawn tight as a crosspatch.

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  • Nobody wants to represent an argumentative crosspatch.

    Auto-no

  • I like this word a lot, and intend to use it as a self-description when I get the chance: "Don't mind me; I'm just an old crosspatch."

    languagehat.com: CROSSPATCH.

  • "Your sister is being a crosspatch, don't encourage her".

    languagehat.com: CROSSPATCH.

  • A NY Times article by Charlie LeDuff taught me a new word: "The bodies are then sent to the Frye Chapel and Mortuary in Brawley and tended by Francis Frye, an 86-year-old crosspatch."

    languagehat.com: CROSSPATCH.

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