[ grohs-out ]
/ ˈgroʊsˌaʊt /
something that is disgustingly offensive.
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Origin of gross-out
First recorded in 1970–75; noun use of verb phrase gross out
Definition for gross out (2 of 2)
[ grohs ]
/ groʊs /
adjective, gross·er, gross·est.
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.
noun, plural gross for 11, gross·es for 12, 13.
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.
verb (used with object)
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
1350–1400; Middle English < Old French gros large (as noun, grosse twelve dozen) < Late Latin gross(us) thick, coarse
SYNONYMS FOR gross
4 low, animal, sensual, broad.
6 massive, great.
gross·ly, adverbgross·ness, nounout·gross, verb (used with object)o·ver·gross, adjective
o·ver·gross·ly, adverbo·ver·gross·ness, nounun·gross, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gross out (1 of 2)
/ US slang /
verb (tr, adverb)
to cause (a person) to feel distaste or strong dislike for (something)
a person or thing regarded as disgusting or objectionable
disgusting, boring, or objectionable
British Dictionary definitions for gross out (2 of 2)
/ (ɡrəʊs) /
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
- the entire amount
- the great majority
to earn as total revenue, before deductions for expenses, tax, etc
Derived Formsgrossly, adverbgrossness, noun
Word Origin for gross
C14: from Old French gros large, from Late Latin grossus thick
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Medicine definitions for gross out
Samuel David 1805-1884
[ grōs ]
American surgeon and educator who wrote widely influential medical treatises, including A System of Surgery (1859).
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Culture definitions for gross out
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