(-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.
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If the stuff proves crossgrained, . . . then you must turn your stuff to plane it the contrary way.
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2. Perverse; untractable; contrary; difficult to deal with.
Syn. -- balky, contrarious.
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She was none of your crossgrained, termagant, scolding jades.
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