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When a little girl she had been almost afraid of her cross-grained relative—the only relative she had in the world.

Ruth looked across the table at her cross-grained old relative and made no direct reply to his question.

This was an agreeably different person from the nagging, cross-grained old creature who had made her life a burden!

It was not long before somebody came to tell Belinchon of the mayor's cross-grained conduct about the music.

It is said, however, that the Duke is no fool, but so cross-grained that he spoils everything he touches.


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On this page you'll find 151 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to cross-grained, such as: cantankerous, crusty, grouchy, grumpy, ornery, and awkward.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.