[ grohs-out ]
/ ˈgroʊsˌaʊt /

noun Slang.

something that is disgustingly offensive.

Origin of gross-out

First recorded in 1970–75; noun use of verb phrase gross out

Definition for gross out (2 of 2)

Origin of gross

1350–1400; Middle English < Old French gros large (as noun, grosse twelve dozen) < Late Latin gross(us) thick, coarse


4 low, animal, sensual, broad.
6 massive, great.

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British Dictionary definitions for gross out (1 of 2)

gross out
/ US slang /

verb (tr, adverb)

to cause (a person) to feel distaste or strong dislike for (something)

noun gross-out

a person or thing regarded as disgusting or objectionable

adjective gross-out

disgusting, boring, or objectionable

British Dictionary definitions for gross out (2 of 2)

Derived forms of gross

grossly, adverbgrossness, noun

Word Origin for gross

C14: from Old French gros large, from Late Latin grossus thick
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Medical definitions for gross out

[ grōs ]
Samuel David 1805-1884

American surgeon and educator who wrote widely influential medical treatises, including A System of Surgery (1859).
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Cultural definitions for gross out


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

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