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 grosses
“Adding to the volume—in both senses of the word—of the coverage, um, grosses me out a little bit,” she says.
Disney could still negotiate its way out of a threatened boycott, but it's possible that the film's grosses could be hurt.
Miler was soon seen advancing to meet me, with the joyful intelligence that the trees at Grosses Isles were in sight.
They threw her down, tied her legs, and brought her to Grosses Coques.Rose Charlitte|Marshall Saunders
Friedelberg: I, 199; Ein grosses, deutsches Volk sind wir, 200.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume III (of 3)|Alexander Wheelock Thayer
They are now ready for the young girls whose duty it is to count and pack them in boxes or grosses for the wholesale market.Rides on Railways|Samuel Sidney
In those days there were grosses of grosses of separate businesses and business companies.When the Sleeper Wakes|Herbert George Wells
- 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.