adjective, gross·er, gross·est.
noun, plural gross for 11, gross·es for 12, 13.
verb (used with object)
- to disgust or offend, especially by crude language or behavior.
- to shock or horrify.
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Contemporary Examples of gross
World GDP (including North Pole toyshop gross output) is $84.97 trillion.Santa Fails One More Time
P. J. O’Rourke
December 27, 2014
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.”To Catch a Sex Worker: A&E’s Awful, Exploitative Ambush Show
December 19, 2014
The film was made with a reported $90 million but imploded with a $39 million domestic gross.
Listen up, commuters—your public transit rides are about to get a lot less gross!The Coolest Fashion Innovations of 2014
December 18, 2014
Historical Examples of gross
To expect the material from Him is to make Him gross, and to become gross ourselves.The Conquest of Fear
Judge them not by the gross and heavy form in which they now appear.Other Tales and Sketches
Aggie sniffed vehemently in rebuke of the gross partiality of fate in his behalf.Within the Law
The tall son of Hanover was lean of flesh, but gross in muscle.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
At the door she met a bluff, big man, gross from head to foot.Her Father's Daughter
- the entire amount
- the great majority
Word Origin for gross
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.