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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Alternatives for Cross

Alternatives is a recurring post in which I give synonyms for an over used word. Click on the tab above for a "complete" list of over used words.

Today's word is:

There are many different meanings and ways to use the word cross. 
Cross, as in to go over.
Cross, as in to be angry or irritable.
Cross, as in crucifix.
Cross, as in burden, having a cross to bear.
Cross, as in to edit out, cross off.
Cross, as in intersect, crossroads.
Cross, as in mixed, like a mutt, a cross-breed.


Depending on how you use it, this list may come in handy for finding another way to say the same thing.

adverse, affliction, angry, annoyed, argue with, argumentative

baffle, bearish, bellicose, belligerent, bilious, bilk, blend, bridge, burden

cancel, cantankerous, captious, caviling, choked, choleric, churlish, cloverleaf, combative, come across, connect, contentious, continue, contradict, contrary, cover, crabby, cranky, crisscross, crossbreed, cross-grained, crossroad, crosswalk, crossway, crosswise, crotchety, crucifix, cruise, crusty, curmudgeonly, cut across/through

decussation, defy, delete, disagreeable, disputatious, dyspeptic

edit out, encounter, enlace, exchange, ex-out, extend, extend across/over

faultfinding, fiery, foil, fold, fold up, forbid, ford, forestall, fractious, fretful, frustrate

gainsay, get across, get over, go across/through/over, grade crossing, grating, gridiron, grouchy, grumpy

hacked off, hamper, hinder, hot-blooded, huffy, hybridize

ill-humored/natured/tempered, impatient, impede, in a bad mood, ink out, interchange, intersect/intersection, intertwine, irascible, irritable

join, jumpy, junction

lace, lie athwart of, liverish, load, loop

meet, misery, misfortune, mixture, move across, mongrel, mutt

navigate, negotiate, network

oblique, obliterate, obstruct, off-color, oppose, opposite, ornery, out of humor, overpass

pass, passage, passionate, pass over, peeved/peevish, perverse, petty, petulant, pissed off, ply, pouty, preclude, prevent, prickly, pugnacious, put out

quarrel/quarrelsome, querulous, queer, quick-tempered

range over, raspy, ratty, reciprocal, resist, rood, run across/into

sail, score out, scotch, scrappy, screen, see, sensitive, short, short-tempered, snappish/snappy, snarly, snarky, span, snippety, splenetic, spoil, stand up to, stretch across, strike out, stuffy, sulky, sullen, surly, sweep

take a stand against, take issue with, testy, tetchy, thin-skinned, thwart, touchy,  track, traversal, traverse, tribulation, trouble, truculent, turn up

underpass, unfavourable

vexed, voyage

waspish, woe, worry


Is cross a word you use too much? Are there any words in this list that stick out as ones you might use? I'm partial to peevish, myself. I'm a person who becomes peevish when I get hungry.

For your listening pleasure... Many Rivers to Cross by Jimmy Cliff.
Dig the glasses man. A true and beautiful individual.


  1. Crotchety - that's a fun word. Always think of an old man.

  2. Great alternatives for so. I find myself cutting it all the time. It's best to use stronger words.

  3. Waspish..... haven't heard that one in a long time. What a list.

  4. There are a lot of definitions for cross, aren't there?

  5. Yeah! The glasses say a whole lot. Love the inverted triangles! Where can we get a pair? SOOOOOO love his music and contributions.

    Love, Erva

  6. Some great synonyms, Bish. I loved the song. Such an interesting voice.


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