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A bad-tempered person.
shrew, curmudgeon, discontent, complainer, grumbler, moaner, fault-finder, carperView synonyms
- ‘York is bulging at the walls with Scrooges, Grinches, crotchety crosspatches and other assorted bah humbuggers.’
- ‘The crosspatch is therefore disabled physically, socially and psychologically.’
- ‘Whenever I express my penchant for reality television in the circle of snide, knowing, not-as-smart-as-they-think-they-are crosspatches that I'm cursed to call friends, I often do so defensively.’
- ‘A propos ‘crosspatch’ a ‘mardy’ child is sullen and whining.’
- ‘Mr Curry was no one person in particular but an amalgam of all the mean, intolerant and bigoted crosspatches I had come across over the years.’
Early 18th century: from the adjective cross + obsolete patch ‘fool, clown’, perhaps from Italian pazzo ‘madman’.
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