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
Examples from the Web for grossly
None,” said spokesman Kong Man-keung, “and to say we allow them to operate is grossly inaccurate.
The grossly unequal societies we now know were beginning to form.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality|Noah Caldwell|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Having autism is not a fate worse than death, and it is grossly offensive for anti-vaxxers to suggest it is.Twisted Anti-Vaxxer Parents Choose Fatal Diseases Over Autism|Elizabeth Picciuto|July 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then how does he respond criticism that writing and publishing it is grossly offensive?The Surprisingly Good Flight 370 Novel: Author Scott Maka Defends His Controversial Book|Tim Teeman|June 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The reality is in Europe today that Roma children are grossly overrepresented in state care institutions.Another Blonde Haired, Blue Eyed Child Is Found Living With Roma Gypsies In Ireland|Tom Sykes|October 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Monsieur bores me, and I am angry with him for having, out of cowardice, disparaged me so grossly in talking with Madame.A Chambermaid's Diary|Octave Mirbeau
The motive is simple and intelligible and commendable, but its nature and operation is popularly and grossly misapprehended.Principles of Political Economy|Arthur Latham Perry
I have neglected my trust,—grossly neglected it,—and in nothing more than suffering him to keep your company.One Of Them|Charles James Lever
The strength of the strikers in the British upheaval of 1911, however, has been grossly exaggerated on both sides.Socialism As It Is|William English Walling
It is time that parents and physicians learn that the injuriousness of the habit has been greatly, grossly exaggerated.Woman|William J. Robinson
British Dictionary definitions for grossly
- the entire amount
- the great majority
Word Origin for gross
Word Origin and History for grossly (1 of 4)
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.
Word Origin and History for grossly (2 of 4)
"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.
Word Origin and History for grossly (3 of 4)
"to earn a total of," 1884, from gross (n.). Related: Grossed; grossing.