Meaning of crossword in English:


Pronunciation /?kr?sw??d/

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(also crossword puzzle)
  • A puzzle consisting of a grid of squares and blanks into which words crossing vertically and horizontally are written according to clues.

    ‘she settled down to do the crossword’
    • ‘Work your mind with brain-teasers, jigsaw puzzles, crosswords or quiz books.’
    • ‘They dig for juicy details as adroitly as they do the crossword and jigsaw puzzles that they plug away at.’
    • ‘The events, such as word games and crosswords will be organised by resource persons throughout the day.’
    • ‘He said: ‘Laurie is amazing for her age, she does crosswords, puzzles, teasers and she plays Scrabble.’’
    • ‘The Evening Advertiser has great things such as competitions, word searches and crosswords.’
    • ‘There's something anodyne about even his best work; it has the cerebral coldness of a crossword or mathematical puzzle.’
    • ‘In 1924, Simon and Schuster took a chance on publishing a book devoted to crosswords, and the crossword craze started.’
    • ‘Learning is re-enforced and encouraged through the use of crosswords, word searches, memory skills, word wheels, numeracy and other activities.’
    • ‘The other magazine in the seat pocket on the airplane had a crossword puzzle with about 100 clues.’
    • ‘Watching this is like doing a crossword puzzle written by a dyslexic lunatic.’
    • ‘I couldn't answer one of the clues in my crossword.’
    • ‘He ran the words through his mind, almost like a crossword clue.’
    • ‘The games include crosswords, hangman and cryptogram.’
    • ‘I chose to ignore him and concentrate on a crossword clue, which I really couldn't get.’
    • ‘It's not even a good pun, which, like a good crossword clue, should work on both the superficial and the cryptic levels.’
    • ‘He would even interrupt classes to ask teachers to solve the crossword clues that he could not solve.’
    • ‘It was the only word I needed to complete the crossword.’
    • ‘Jack scribed the word beings into the appropriate boxes on the crossword.’
    • ‘He left his cryptic crossword on the desk, with two clues still unanswered.’
    • ‘Similarly, I could get into crosswords but not jigsaws.’


Said to have been invented by the journalist Arthur Wynne, whose puzzle (called a ‘word-cross’) appeared in a Sunday newspaper, the New York World, on 21 December 1913.