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An irritable petulant feeling.  Synonyms: choler, fretfulness, fussiness, irritability, peevishness, petulance.
A disposition to be ill-tempered.  Synonyms: crabbedness, crabbiness.

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"Crossness" Quotes from Famous Books

... crossness in trying to comfort him. Of us all I'm sure he was her favourite, even though he was very mischievous sometimes. We all went on talking about Tom's dream till Pierson had got back into quite a good temper—a good ...
— The Boys and I • Mrs. Molesworth

... constantly talked her over, shaking their heads and saying: "If only Aunt Etta would let us." But however weak she was, she was firm in this: she would not be helped. The outward sign of her bewilderment was extreme crossness, particularly to Evelyn, who was allowed to accompany her in her search, and to hear her remarks without making any suggestions. "I will thank you to let me decide about my own house by myself." They had examined nine houses that day, and were both ...
— The Third Miss Symons • Flora Macdonald Mayor

... himself, and what that she was to be required to do for him? It behooved him above all things not to be awkward! That he remembered. But how not to be awkward? "Well!" she said; and there was something almost of crossness in her tone. Her time, no doubt, was valuable. The French ambassador might even now ...
— The Claverings • Anthony Trollope

... rescue) O boys, for my sake, an' for the sake o' ye'r wives an' families, have no crossness but lave the ...
— Duty, and other Irish Comedies • Seumas O'Brien

... There was no more crossness in that house. Elsa's husband grew so proud of her that he went about saying to everybody, "My grandmother was a fine housekeeper, and my mother was a fine housekeeper, but neither of them could hold a candle to my wife. She has only one maid, but, to see the work done, ...
— Stories to Tell to Children • Sara Cone Bryant

... his father's razor, and it thundered and lightened, and his father came and scolded over the back fence, but the prince waved his magic cut toe; then they all banged and went up on a Fourth of July sky rocket, till the father fell off and bumped all his crossness out of him, and like birds of a fevver, they all lived ...
— What Two Children Did • Charlotte E. Chittenden

... accounts. His interest in matters around him was still keen. On June 13th he was driving along the Greenwich Marshes in order to track the course of the great sewer; and on August 5th he visited the Crossness Sewage Works and took great interest in the details of the treatment of the sewage.—In March he contributed, with great satisfaction, to the Fund for the Portrait of his old friend Sir G.G. Stokes, ...
— Autobiography of Sir George Biddell Airy • George Biddell Airy

... up?" growled Dick, "it's an awful bore, the way we've been sent to Coventry ever since we got into that scrape with the young ones. I've a great mind to lie a-bed and pretend sick; just to scare mother and pay her off for her crossness." ...
— Elsie's Motherhood • Martha Finley

... kind and good as any lady in the land. I don't suppose that means anythin' to you, but it did to me. Big fakirs and crooks just live their lives in terror, afraid of their own shadows. They've got to be sweet and kind on the outside, and so they take out their crossness and irritation on the help. I'd rather be keeper in an asylum than cook to a burglar. But Mrs. Markham was fine—and no airs and no softness. If the spirit ever hallowed a face, it's hers. I know you don't like her, and you can't be blamed—her keeping your little ...
— The House of Mystery • William Henry Irwin

Words linked to "Crossness" :   testiness, ill humour, touchiness, distemper, tetchiness, pet, cross, ill nature, petulance, ill humor

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