Origin of grosser
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.
Origin of gross
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Antonyms for gross
Related Words for grosserheavy, hulking, great, overweight, stout, husky, thick, aggregate, entire, total, complete, barnyard, offensive, ribald, callous, foul, raw, rank, rough, dull
Examples from the Web for grosser
Historical Examples of grosser
I suggested that the children be sent to the Grosser Garten to play.Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess
Henry W. Fischer
I needed her indomitable frailness to prop my grosser strength.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
In its grosser form as a problem of serious crime it is already upon us.
I almost wish you were of a grosser nature, Harry; in truth I do!A Pair of Blue Eyes
But what shall be said of the second or grosser of these artifices?
- 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.