Idioms for cross

Origin of cross

before 1000; Middle English, late Old English cros < Old Norse kross < Old Irish cros (< British Celtic) < Latin crux; see crux

synonym study for cross

49. Cross, ill-natured, peevish, sullen refer to being in a bad mood or ill temper. Cross means temporarily in an irritable or fretful state, and somewhat angry: He gave her a cross reply and walked out of the room. Ill-natured implies a more permanent condition, without definite cause, and means unpleasant, unkind, inclined to snarl or be spiteful: an ill-natured dog; ill-natured spite. Peevish means complaining and snappish: She's acting like a peevish child again. Sullen suggests a kind of glowering silent gloominess and means refusing to speak because of bad humor, anger, or a sense of injury or resentment: I know I haven't called, but why are you suddenly so sullen and vindictive?


cross·a·ble, adjective cross·a·bil·i·ty, noun re·cross, verb un·cross·a·ble, adjective

Definition for cross (2 of 3)

[ kraws, kros ]
/ krɔs, krɒs /


Wilbur Lucius,1862–1948, U.S. educator: governor of Connecticut 1931–39.

Definition for cross (3 of 3)


a combining form of cross.

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British Dictionary definitions for cross (1 of 4)

/ (krɒs) /




Derived forms of cross

crosser, noun crossly, adverb crossness, noun

Word Origin for cross

Old English cros, from Old Irish cross (unattested), from Latin crux; see crux

British Dictionary definitions for cross (2 of 4)

Cross 1
/ (krɒs) /

noun the Cross

the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified
the Crucifixion of Jesus

British Dictionary definitions for cross (3 of 4)

Cross 2
/ (krɒs) /


Richard Assheton, 1st Viscount. 1823–1914, British Conservative statesman, home secretary (1874–80); noted for reforms affecting housing, public health, and the employment of women and children in factories

British Dictionary definitions for cross (4 of 4)


combining form

indicating action from one individual, group, etc, to another cross-cultural; cross-fertilize; cross-refer
indicating movement, position, etc, across something (sometimes implying interference, opposition, or contrary action) crosscurrent; crosstalk
indicating a crosslike figure or intersection crossbones

Word Origin for cross-

from cross (in various senses)

Scientific definitions for cross

[ krôs ]


A plant or animal produced by crossbreeding; a hybrid.


To crossbreed or cross-fertilize plants or animals.

Idioms and Phrases with cross