from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having an irregular gnarled grain or fiber, as timber.
  • Hence Perverse; untractable; crabbed; refractory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having the grain or fibers run diagonally, or more or less transversely and irregularly, so as to interfere with splitting or planing.
  • adjective Perverse; untractable; contrary; difficult to deal with.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Alternative form of cross-grained.

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

  • adjective of timber; having fibers running irregularly rather than in parallel
  • adjective difficult to deal with


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