cross-country (adj.)

1767, of roads, "lying or directed across fields or open country," from cross- + country, or a shortening of across-country. Of flights, from 1909. As a noun, "outdoor distance running as a sport," by 1956.

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Definitions of cross-country from WordNet

cross-country (adv.)
not following tracks or roads;
they liked to race cross-country
cross-country (adv.)
across the countryside;
the river runs cross-country
the road runs cross-country