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 grossness
While the rioting was obviously the low point of the week, it was more a continuation on a theme of grossness than a wild outlier.
Robert Kennedy hated Johnson's grossness, his lies, his bullying of staff, his self-indulgence with whisky and food.
Fortunately there was no grossness, no clownishness of behavior, which would have irreparably offended his fastidious taste.Rose Charlitte|Marshall Saunders
It takes away half the joys and refinements of life; it increases its dulness and grossness.Phaedrus|Plato
What would he say to the grossness without passion and the misanthropy without feeling of Gulliver's Travels?Life of Lord Byron, Vol. IV|Thomas Moore
In these the poet sins, however, more from carelessness of humour than grossness of imagination.Pablo de Segovia, the Spanish Sharper|Francisco de Quevedo
My reappearance disgusted him, and he had the grossness to show it.The American|Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for grossness
- the entire amount
- the great majority
Word Origin for gross
Word Origin and History for grossness (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 grossness (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 grossness (3 of 4)
"to earn a total of," 1884, from gross (n.). Related: Grossed; grossing.