- a mark made of two crossed lines (), often used as a signature by people who cannot write their names
- a pattern made of crossed lines
- a being confused or at cross-purposes
Origin of crisscrossMiddle English Christcros, Christ's cross, the cross at the head of an alphabet, for the symbol X (Gr uncertain or unknown; perhaps ), abbreviation, abbreviated of Christ (Christos)
- to mark or cover with crossing lines
- to move to and fro across
verbcriss·crossed, criss·cross·ing, criss·cross·es
- To mark with crossing lines.
- To move back and forth through or over: crisscrossed the country on a speaking tour.
- A mark or pattern made of crossing lines.
- A state of being at conflicting or contrary purposes.
Origin of crisscrossAlteration of Middle English Cristcrosse, mark of a cross, short for Cristcross (me speed), may Christ's cross (give me success).
(third-person singular simple present crisscrosses, present participle crisscrossing, simple past and past participle crisscrossed)
- marked with crossed lines
- crossing one another
Middle English "Christ's cross"