• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Crossgrained Having the grain or fibers run diagonally, or more or less transversely and irregularly, so as to interfere with splitting or planing. "If the stuff proves crossgrained , . . . then you must turn your stuff to plane it the contrary way."
    • Crossgrained Perverse; untractable; contrary; difficult to deal with. "She was none of your crossgrained , termagant, scolding jades."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • crossgrained Having an irregular gnarled grain or fiber, as timber.
    • crossgrained Hence Perverse; untractable; crabbed; refractory.
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In literature:

Does that satisfy you, you crossgrained old shellfish?
"Kent Knowles: Quahaug" by Joseph C. Lincoln
My readers will not, I think, be so crossgrained with me as to suppose that I am putting Thackeray as a master of style above Shakespeare.
"Thackeray" by Anthony Trollope
Moreover, she had so crossgrained a disposition that Job himself could not have tolerated her.
"Devil Stories" by Various
The place is still full of the fruit-trees that Fisher Ames planted, some crossgrained pear-trees, and venerable cherries being the chief.
"Homes of American Statesmen" by Various
Even from plenty and scarcity of work and men, which happens crossgrainedly, so that one cannot come to the other.
"Knowledge is Power:" by Charles Knight