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 grossing
Only one of the top 10 highest grossing movies of the year made it into Best Picture, Gravity.10 Facts about the 2014 Oscar Nominations That Will Make You Sad|Kevin Fallon|January 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Butler dominated its opening weekend at the box office, grossing a solid $25 million.Oprah Winfrey Should Win an Oscar for ‘The Butler’|Kevin Fallon|August 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Twenty years ago, the average running time of the top-five grossing movies of the year was 118.4 minutes.
Despite mixed reviews, the film was a huge hit, grossing more than $623 million worldwide.Meet Justin Theroux, Jennifer Aniston’s Once-Mysterious Husband-to-Be|Marlow Stern|August 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It did well, grossing nearly $50 million off a budget believed to be under $20 million.Amanda Bynes Quits Hollywood: Behind Her Erratic Behavior|Jacob Bernstein|April 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
- 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.