- without deductions; total, as the amount of sales, salary, profit, etc., before taking deductions for expenses, taxes, or the like (opposed to net2): gross earnings; gross sales.
- unqualified; complete; rank: a gross scoundrel.
- flagrant and extreme: gross injustice.
- indelicate, indecent, obscene, or vulgar: gross remarks.
- lacking in refinement, good manners, education, etc.; unrefined.
- large, big, or bulky.
- extremely or excessively fat.
- thick; dense; heavy: gross vegetation.
- of or concerning only the broadest or most general considerations, aspects, etc.
- Slang. extremely objectionable, offensive, or disgusting: He wore an outfit that was absolutely gross.
- a group of 12 dozen, or 144, things. Abbreviation: gro.
- total income from sales, salary, etc., before any deductions (opposed to net2def 5).
- Obsolete. the main body, bulk, or mass.
- to have, make, or earn as a total before any deductions, as of taxes, expenses, etc.: The company grossed over three million dollars last year.
- gross out, Slang.
- to disgust or offend, especially by crude language or behavior.
- to shock or horrify.
Origin of gross
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Examples from the Web for grossing
Only one of the top 10 highest grossing movies of the year made it into Best Picture, Gravity.10 Facts about the 2014 Oscar Nominations That Will Make You Sad
January 16, 2014
The Butler dominated its opening weekend at the box office, grossing a solid $25 million.Oprah Winfrey Should Win an Oscar for ‘The Butler’
August 20, 2013
Twenty years ago, the average running time of the top-five grossing movies of the year was 118.4 minutes.Why Are 2012’s Holiday Movies So Damn Long?
December 17, 2012
Despite mixed reviews, the film was a huge hit, grossing more than $623 million worldwide.Meet Justin Theroux, Jennifer Aniston’s Once-Mysterious Husband-to-Be
August 15, 2012
It did well, grossing nearly $50 million off a budget believed to be under $20 million.Amanda Bynes Quits Hollywood: Behind Her Erratic Behavior
April 6, 2012
- repellently or excessively fat or bulky
- with no deductions for expenses, tax, etc; totalgross sales; gross income Compare net 2 (def. 1)
- (of personal qualities, tastes, etc) conspicuously coarse or vulgar
- obviously or exceptionally culpable or wrong; flagrantgross inefficiency
- lacking in perception, sensitivity, or discriminationgross judgments
- (esp of vegetation) dense; thick; luxuriant
- obsolete coarse in texture or quality
- rare rude; uneducated; ignorant
- an exclamation indicating disgust
- plural gross a unit of quantity equal to 12 dozen
- plural grosses
- the entire amount
- the great majority
- to earn as total revenue, before deductions for expenses, tax, etc
Word Origin and History for grossing
mid-14c., "large;" early 15c., "coarse, plain, simple," from Old French gros "big, thick, fat, tall, pregnant; coarse, rude, awkward; ominous, important; arrogant" (11c.), from Late Latin grossus "thick, coarse (of food or mind)," of obscure origin, not in classical Latin. Said to be unrelated to Latin crassus, which meant the same thing, or to German gross "large," but said by Klein to be cognate with Old Irish bres, Middle Irish bras "big." Its meaning forked in English to "glaring, flagrant, monstrous" (1580s) on the one hand and "entire, total, whole" (early 15c.) on the other. Meaning "disgusting" is first recorded 1958 in U.S. student slang, from earlier use as an intensifier of unpleasant things (gross stupidity, etc.). Earlier "coarse in behavior or manners" (1530s) and, of things, "inferior, common" (late 15c.). Gross national product first recorded 1947.
"a dozen dozen," early 15c., from Old French grosse douzaine "large dozen;" see gross (adj.). Earlier as the name of a measure of weight equal to one-eighth of a dram (early 15c.). Sense of "total profit" (opposed to net) is from 1520s.
"to earn a total of," 1884, from gross (n.). Related: Grossed; grossing.
- American surgeon and educator who wrote widely influential medical treatises, including A System of Surgery (1859).