Synonyms for against the grain

Grammar : Adj
Spell : greyn
Phonetic Transcription : greɪn

Top 10 synonyms for against the grain Other synonyms for the word against the grain

Définition of against the grain

Origin :
  • early 13c., "scarlet dye made from insects" (late 12c. in surnames), from Old French grain (12c.) "seed, grain, particle, berry, scarlet dye" (see kermes for last sense), from Latin granum "seed, a grain, small kernel" (see corn (n.1)).
  • As a collective singular meaning "seed of wheat and allied grasses used as food," it is attested from early 14c. Extended from c.1300 to other objects (e.g. salt, sand). As a unit of weight, from 1540s. Used of wood (1560s), from the arrangement of fibers, which resemble seeds. Hence, against the grain (1650), a metaphor from carpentry: cutting across the fibers of the wood is more difficult than cutting along them.
  • As in opposed/opposing : adj antagonistic, against
  • As in unwilling : adj not in the mood
  • As in oppositional : adj opposing

Antonyms for against the grain

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