- without deductions; total, as the amount of sales, salary, profit, etc., before taking deductions for expenses, taxes, or the like (opposed to net2): gross earnings; gross sales.
- unqualified; complete; rank: a gross scoundrel.
- flagrant and extreme: gross injustice.
- indelicate, indecent, obscene, or vulgar: gross remarks.
- lacking in refinement, good manners, education, etc.; unrefined.
- large, big, or bulky.
- extremely or excessively fat.
- thick; dense; heavy: gross vegetation.
- of or concerning only the broadest or most general considerations, aspects, etc.
- Slang. extremely objectionable, offensive, or disgusting: He wore an outfit that was absolutely gross.
- a group of 12 dozen, or 144, things. Abbreviation: gro.
- total income from sales, salary, etc., before any deductions (opposed to net2def 5).
- Obsolete. the main body, bulk, or mass.
- to have, make, or earn as a total before any deductions, as of taxes, expenses, etc.: The company grossed over three million dollars last year.
- gross out, Slang.
- 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.Hong Kong’s Triads Attack Protestors
October 4, 2014
The grossly unequal societies we now know were beginning to form.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality
September 18, 2014
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
July 1, 2014
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
June 14, 2014
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
October 22, 2013
Could his eyes deceive him, or was this really the man whom he had so grossly injured?Brave and Bold
It is scarcely possible that two men should be so grossly deceived by her at once.Lady Susan
The extravagance of some of the early Quakers has been grossly exaggerated.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
The abolitionists of the North have been grossly misrepresented.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
He would not have it supposed that only the profane or grossly wicked were in danger from the law. 'Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
- 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
- an exclamation indicating disgust
- plural gross a unit of quantity equal to 12 dozen
- plural grosses
- the entire amount
- the great majority
- to earn as total revenue, before deductions for expenses, tax, etc
Word Origin and History for grossly
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.
Gross(grōs)Samuel David 1805-1884
- American surgeon and educator who wrote widely influential medical treatises, including A System of Surgery (1859).