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.
- gros point,
- gros ventre,
- gross anatomy,
- gross domestic product,
- gross income,
- gross national product,
- gross one out
Origin of gross
Examples from the Web for gross
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.”To Catch a Sex Worker: A&E’s Awful, Exploitative Ambush Show|Samantha Allen|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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!
It is generally a gross approximation of the conception of the Infinite Being to the likeness of man.An Essay on the Evils of Popular Ignorance|John Foster
Gross and animal, no doubt it is, but not the less really pleasant, as every Irishman and many an Englishman knows well enough.Yeast: A Problem|Charles Kingsley
This sponge will absorb readily the gross impurities of the water, and can easily be taken out and cleaned once or twice a week.
The reports of the inspectors disclosed gross abuses, not only in the smaller county jails but in Newgate itself.The Political History of England - Vol XI|George Brodrick
The internal policy of that body precluded the possibility of gross misconduct.Letters from Spain|Joseph Blanco White
- 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.