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  • n. The state of being cross; mild anger

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being cross; peevishness; fretfulness; ill humor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Transverseness; intersection.
  • n. Peevishness; fretfulness; ill humor; perverseness.

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

  • n. an irritable petulant feeling
  • n. a disposition to be ill-tempered


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  • She thought her crossness was the cause of the princess's unhappiness, and had no idea that she was really and deeply hurt at not being believed.

    The Princess and the Goblin

  • It resulted that on Monday morning they were nervous and impatient, alternating between fits of giggling delight in the interchange of fond reminiscences, and the crossness which is pretty sure to disfigure human behavior from want of sleep.

    A Modern Instance

  • Mrs. Crump was a little cross sometimes; for there is a good kind of crossness that is only disagreeable, and there is a bad kind of crossness that is very nasty indeed.

    At the Back of the North Wind

  • We know that a long period of gloomy weather leads to suicides, and we observe that long-continued clouds and rain beget "crossness" and ill-temper, and we are all familiar with the universal exhilaration of sunshine and clear air upon any company of men and women.

    Complete Essays

  • Then the pleasant little surprises of all kinds that we imagined; and the pleasant looks that greet us when we condescend to accept them; the patience that can translate our most unwarrantable "crossness", because there has been some trifling difficulty in obtaining the half of a star or the corner of a moon which it had pleased us to require, into "such a good sign of being really better"; and then our appetite (which the gods know is at that season singularly keen), how is it not tempted with unutterable dainties and friande morsels, all sorts of amateur cookery in our behalf, where Love himself has not disdained to turn the spit, and look into the stewpan! and all served up so gracefully on the small tray, covered with its delicate white damask cloth, arraying with more than mortal charms the moulds of crystal jelly and pure-looking blanc mange!

    Zoe: The History of Two Lives

  • As the car swept away, with Brown in the back seat, he exploded in crossness to his aides, calling the encounter "ridiculous" and a "disaster."

    Prime Minister Makes Old Granny Cry!

  • Sean simply hadn't understood, because of his crossness.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • I know that giving off an air of crossness and superiority which gets in the way of communication with students is no way to motivate students to participate actively in the classroom.

    I Won't Settle For Nothing, And Neither Should You

  • There is, though, no getting away from the fact that Opik has some strange views and none stranger than this: “He talks about the transference of psychic energy, how his crossness that our Virgin train was late had put a spring in the step of the woman who later showed us to a meeting at Shrewsbury hospital.”

    The oddest thing about Lembit Opik

  • The lighter sort of malignity, turneth but to a crossness, or frowardness, or aptness to oppose, or difficulties, or the like; but the deeper sort, to envy and mere mischief.

    The Essays


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