Origin of gross

1350–1400; Middle English < Old French gros large (as noun, grosse twelve dozen) < Late Latin gross(us) thick, coarse
Related formsgross·ly, adverbgross·ness, nounout·gross, verb (used with object)o·ver·gross, adjectiveo·ver·gross·ly, adverbo·ver·gross·ness, nounun·gross, adjective

Synonyms for gross

3. shameful, outrageous, heinous, grievous. See flagrant. 4. low, animal, sensual, broad. 6. massive, great.

Antonyms for gross

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  • Could his eyes deceive him, or was this really the man whom he had so grossly injured?

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • It is scarcely possible that two men should be so grossly deceived by her at once.

    Lady Susan

    Jane Austen

  • The extravagance of some of the early Quakers has been grossly exaggerated.

  • The abolitionists of the North have been grossly misrepresented.

  • He would not have it supposed that only the profane or grossly wicked were in danger from the law. '


    James Anthony Froude

British Dictionary definitions for grossly



repellently or excessively fat or bulky
with no deductions for expenses, tax, etc; totalgross sales; gross income Compare net 2 (def. 1)
(of personal qualities, tastes, etc) conspicuously coarse or vulgar
obviously or exceptionally culpable or wrong; flagrantgross inefficiency
lacking in perception, sensitivity, or discriminationgross judgments
(esp of vegetation) dense; thick; luxuriant
obsolete coarse in texture or quality
rare rude; uneducated; ignorant

interjection slang

an exclamation indicating disgust


plural gross a unit of quantity equal to 12 dozen
plural grosses
  1. the entire amount
  2. the great majority

verb (tr)

to earn as total revenue, before deductions for expenses, tax, etc
Derived Formsgrossly, adverbgrossness, noun

Word Origin for gross

C14: from Old French gros large, from Late Latin grossus thick
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Word Origin and History for grossly

1520s, from gross + -ly (2).



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.

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grossly in Medicine


[grōs]Samuel David 1805-1884

American surgeon and educator who wrote widely influential medical treatises, including A System of Surgery (1859).
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grossly in Culture


Exclusive of deductions, prior to taxation, as in gross income. (Compare net.) Total, aggregate, as in gross domestic product.

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