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[ grohs ]


, gross·er, gross·est.
  1. without deductions; total, as the amount of sales, salary, profit, etc., before taking deductions for expenses, taxes, or the like ( net ):

    gross earnings;

    gross sales.

  2. a gross scoundrel.

  3. flagrant and extreme:

    gross injustice.

    Synonyms: grievous, heinous, outrageous, absolute, downright

  4. indelicate, indecent, obscene, or vulgar:

    gross remarks.

    Synonyms: broad, coarse, animal, low

    Antonyms: decent

  5. lacking in refinement, good manners, education, etc.; unrefined.
  6. large, big, or bulky.

    Synonyms: great, massive

    Antonyms: small, diminutive

  7. extremely or excessively fat.
  8. of or concerning only the broadest or most general considerations, aspects, etc.
  9. Slang. extremely objectionable, offensive, or disgusting:

    He wore an outfit that was absolutely gross.

  10. gross vegetation;

    gross fog;

    gross vapors.


, plural gross gross·es
  1. a group of 12 dozen, or 144, things. : gro.
  2. total income from sales, salary, etc., before any deductions ( net ).
  3. Obsolete. the main body, bulk, or mass.

verb (used with object)

  1. 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.

verb phrase

  1. Slang.
    1. to disgust or offend, especially by crude language or behavior.
    2. to shock or horrify.



[ grohs ]


  1. Chaim [kh, ahym], 1904–1991, U.S. sculptor and graphic artist, born in Austria.


/ ɡrəʊs /


  1. repellently or excessively fat or bulky
  2. with no deductions for expenses, tax, etc; total Compare net 2

    gross income

    gross sales

  3. (of personal qualities, tastes, etc) conspicuously coarse or vulgar
  4. obviously or exceptionally culpable or wrong; flagrant

    gross inefficiency

  5. lacking in perception, sensitivity, or discrimination

    gross judgments

  6. (esp of vegetation) dense; thick; luxuriant
  7. obsolete.
    coarse in texture or quality
  8. rare.
    rude; uneducated; ignorant


  1. an exclamation indicating disgust


  1. gross a unit of quantity equal to 12 dozen
  2. grosses
    1. the entire amount
    2. the great majority


  1. to earn as total revenue, before deductions for expenses, tax, etc


  1. Exclusive of deductions , prior to taxation , as in gross income . ( Compare net .) Total, aggregate, as in gross domestic product .

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Derived Forms

  • ˈgrossness, noun
  • ˈgrossly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • gross·ly adverb
  • gross·ness noun
  • out·gross verb (used with object)
  • o·ver·gross adjective
  • o·ver·gross·ness noun
  • un·gross adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of gross1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Old French gros “large” (as noun, grosse “twelve dozen”), from Late Latin gross(us) “thick, coarse”

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Word History and Origins

Origin of gross1

C14: from Old French gros large, from Late Latin grossus thick

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Synonym Study

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Example Sentences

In its Q3 update, Klarna wrote that it saw 43 percent growth in gross merchandise volume during the first nine months of the year.

Besides Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and Howl’s Moving Castle—both from Studio Ghibli—as well as Makoto Shinkai’s 2016 hit project Your Name have ranked in Japan’s top 10 highest-grossing films.

From Time

Giants like Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft collectively hold more than $570 billion in gross cash.

House Bill 6187 would impose a flat 10% tax on gross revenues from digital ad sales inside the state by companies with annual global revenues exceeding $10 billion.

From Digiday

Much of that was due to Detective Chinatown 3, a heist comedy made in China, which grossed $424 million on its own.

From Quartz

World GDP (including North Pole toyshop gross output) is $84.97 trillion.

In its opening weekend the movie Heaven Is For Real (budget: $12 million) doubled its gross.

The sex workers I spoke with rightly call it “vile,” “gross,” “terrifying,” and “exploitative.”

The film was made with a reported $90 million but imploded with a $39 million domestic gross.

Insult to injury, its $43 million gross was less than one-fifth of what Ted took in.

Life is represented as struggling to free herself from the gross earthly forms that cling to her.

Does a friend come and add to the gross character of such a man the unknown trait of disgusting gluttony?

All these gross absurdities show, that the real spirit has nothing whatever to do with such absurd doctrines or productions.

When the hern or bitron flies low, the air is gross, and thickening into showers.

To abandon any part of the inheritance of primitive times would be gross heresy, a fatal dereliction of Christian duty.


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Gross Vs. Net

What’s the difference between gross and net?

In the context of finance and accounting, gross refers to the total amount before any deductions, while net refers to the final amount that remains after deductions have been made.

Of course, gross and net are common words with many other meanings, but these senses of gross and net are used in the context of measuring something (especially money) that has been accumulated—profit, income, earnings, gains, etc.

The amount described or referred to as gross is everything that has been taken in, not accounting for things like debts, deductions, and expenses. The amount described or referred to as net is how much you have left after you’ve subtracted anything that doesn’t count toward profit, like debts and expenses.

In other words, net is basically gross minus whatever you owe or have spent. For this reason, net is always lower than gross.

For example, let’s say you decide to sell cupcakes at a bake sale. You spend $15 on ingredients, and you have to rent a table for $5, which equals $20 in expenses. Good news, you make $50 in cupcake sales. Your gross is $50. Minus the $20 in expenses, your net is $30. You could say you grossed $50 and netted $30.

To remember the difference, remember that a net sifts whatever goes into it so that only some remains.

Here’s an example of gross and net used correctly in the same sentence.

Example: For this quarter, gross income was $2 million, but $1.25 million in expenses and outstanding debts resulted in a net of only $750,000.

Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between gross and net.

Quiz yourself on gross vs. net!

Should gross or net be used in the following sentence?

I expect to _____ $1,000, after expenses.




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