Angry or annoyed; bad-tempered


US English

UK English

Part of speech



irate, irritated, annoyed, mad, frustrated


calm, peaceful, content, pleased

Example sentences

  • She became cross with her co-worker for not following through on their project.
  • The child’s cross behavior made it difficult for his parents to take him out in public.
  • The boss’s cross tone indicated that he was not pleased with the employees’ work.


The word “cross” is used to describe someone who is angry or annoyed, and is often used to suggest bad-temperedness. It implies that a person is irritated or frustrated, and may be quick to express their dissatisfaction. The word is often used in a mild or moderate context, indicating annoyance or frustration rather than intense anger. A person who is described as “cross” may be seen as being impatient or easily annoyed, but is not necessarily viewed as being hostile or aggressive. In some contexts, the term may be used more broadly to describe any kind of annoyance or frustration