Nearby words

  1. gros point,
  2. gros ventre,
  3. grosbeak,
  4. groschen,
  5. grosgrain,
  6. gross anatomy,
  7. gross domestic product,
  8. gross income,
  9. gross national product,
  10. gross one out

Origin of gross

1350–1400; Middle English < Old French gros large (as noun, grosse twelve dozen) < Late Latin gross(us) thick, coarse

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

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British Dictionary definitions for grossness



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 grossness
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Medicine definitions for grossness


[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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Culture definitions for grossness


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

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