adjective, grosser, grossest.
without deductions; total, as the amount of sales, salary, profit, etc., before taking deductions for expenses, taxes, or the like (opposed to 2. ):
gross earnings; gross sales.
unqualified; complete; rank:
a gross scoundrel.
flagrant and extreme:
indelicate, indecent, obscene, or vulgar:
lacking in refinement, good manners, education, etc.; unrefined.
large, big, or bulky.
extremely or excessively fat.
thick; dense; heavy:
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.
noun, plural gross for 11, grosses for 12, 13.
a group of 12 dozen, or 144, things.
total income from sales, salary, etc., before any deductions (opposed to 2 (def 5.)).
Obsolete. the main body, bulk, or mass.
verb (used with object)
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.
repellently or excessively fat or bulky
with no deductions for expenses, tax, etc; total: gross sales, gross income Compare net2 (sense 1)
(of personal qualities, tastes, etc) conspicuously coarse or vulgar
obviously or exceptionally culpable or wrong; flagrant: gross inefficiency
lacking in perception, sensitivity, or discrimination: gross judgments
(esp of vegetation) dense; thick; luxuriant
(obsolete) coarse in texture or quality
(rare) rude; uneducated; ignorant
an exclamation indicating disgust
(pl) gross. a unit of quantity equal to 12 dozen
to earn as total revenue, before deductions for expenses, tax, etc
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.
Gross (grōs), Samuel David. 1805-1884.
American surgeon and educator who wrote widely influential medical treatises, including A System of Surgery (1859).
Exclusive of deductions, prior to taxation, as in gross income. (Compare net.) Total, aggregate, as in gross domestic product.
Disgusting; rebarbative; grotty: at this moment (how gross!) blowing kisses into the phone (1958+ Teenagers)
noun 1. the total monetary value of all final goods and services produced in a country during one year. Abbreviation: GNP. noun 1. the total value of all final goods and services produced annually by a nation GNP
- Gross negligence
noun an extremely careless action or an omission that is willful or reckless disregard for the consequences to the safety or property of another; also called very great negligence , culpa lata Usage Note law
[grohs] /groʊs/ adjective, grosser, grossest. 1. without deductions; total, as the amount of sales, salary, profit, etc., before taking deductions for expenses, taxes, or the like (opposed to 2. ): gross earnings; gross sales. 2. unqualified; complete; rank: a gross scoundrel. 3. flagrant and extreme: gross injustice. 4. indelicate, indecent, obscene, or vulgar: gross remarks. […]
- Gross one out
Disgust or revolt one, as in Chewing gum in church grosses me out, or His explicit language grossed her out. [ ; mid-1900s ]