Definition of criss-cross verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

criss-cross

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈkrɪs krɒs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪs krɔːs//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they criss-cross
BrE BrE//ˈkrɪs krɒs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪs krɔːs//
 
he / she / it criss-crosses
BrE BrE//ˈkrɪs krɒsɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪs krɔːsɪz//
 
past simple criss-crossed
BrE BrE//ˈkrɪs krɒst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪs krɔːst//
 
past participle criss-crossed
BrE BrE//ˈkrɪs krɒst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪs krɔːst//
 
-ing form criss-crossing
BrE BrE//ˈkrɪs krɒsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪs krɔːsɪŋ//
 
 
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[transitive, intransitive] criss-cross (something) | criss-cross something (with something) to make a pattern on something with many straight lines that cross each other The city is criss-crossed with canals. Searchlights were criss-crossing the sky. More Like This Reduplicative words airy-fairy, argy-bargy, chit-chat, criss-cross, dilly-dally, harum-scarum, helter-skelter, higgledy-piggledy, hocus-pocus, hoity-toity, hotchpotch, hurly-burly, itty-bitty, mumbo jumbo, mishmash, nitty-gritty, ping-pong, pitter-patter, shilly-shally, teeny-weeny, tittle-tattle, touchy-feely, wishy-washySee worksheet. Word Origin early 17th cent. (denoting a figure of a cross preceding the alphabet in a hornbook, an old fashioned teaching aid): from Christ-cross (in the same sense in late Middle English), from Christ's cross. The form was later treated as a reduplication of cross.

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