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gross

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adjective \ˈgrōs\

Simple Definition of gross

  • : very obvious or noticeable

  • : rude or offensive

  • : very disgusting

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of gross

  1. 1 a archaic :  immediately obvious b (1) :  glaringly noticeable usually because of inexcusable badness or objectionableness <a gross error> (2) :  out-and-out, utter <a gross injustice> c :  visible without the aid of a microscope

  2. 2 a :  big, bulky; especially :  excessively fat b :  growing or spreading with excessive luxuriance

  3. 3 a :  of, relating to, or dealing with general aspects or broad distinctions b :  consisting of an overall total exclusive of deductions <gross income> — compare net

  4. 4 :  made up of material or perceptible elements

  5. 5 archaic :  not fastidious in taste :  undiscriminating

  6. 6 a :  coarse in nature or behavior :  unrefined b :  gravely deficient in civility or decency :  crudely vulgar <merely gross, a scatological rather than a pornographic impropriety — Aldous Huxley> c :  inspiring disgust or distaste <that sandwich looks gross>

  7. 7 :  deficient in knowledge :  ignorant, untutored

grossly adverb
grossness noun

Examples of gross in a sentence

  1. They have suffered a gross injustice.

  2. She has a gross habit of chewing on the ends of her hair.



Origin of gross

Middle English grosse, from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French gros large, thick, whole, from Late Latin grossus coarse


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of gross

coarse, vulgar, gross, obscene, ribald mean offensive to good taste or morals. coarse implies roughness, rudeness, or crudeness of spirit, behavior, or language <found the coarse humor of coworkers offensive>. vulgar often implies boorishness or ill-breeding <a loud vulgar belch>. gross implies extreme coarseness and insensitiveness <gross eating habits>. obscene applies to anything strongly repulsive to the sense of decency and propriety especially in sexual matters <obscene language not allowed on the air>. ribald applies to what is amusingly or picturesquely vulgar or irreverent or mildly indecent <entertained the campers with ribald folk songs>.

flagrant, glaring, gross, rank mean conspicuously bad or objectionable. flagrant applies usually to offenses or errors so bad that they can neither escape notice nor be condoned <flagrant abuse of the office of president>. glaring implies painful or damaging obtrusiveness of something that is conspicuously wrong, faulty, or improper <glaring errors>. gross implies the exceeding of reasonable or excusable limits <gross carelessness>. rank applies to what is openly and extremely objectionable and utterly condemned <rank heresy>.

Rhymes with gross


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gross

noun

Definition of gross

  1. 1 obsolete :  amount, sum

  2. 2 :  overall total exclusive of deductions



1579

First Known Use of gross

1579


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gross

verb

Definition of gross

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to earn or bring in (an overall total) exclusive of deductions (as for taxes or expenses)

grosser noun


Examples of gross in a sentence

  1. They grossed $50,000 before taxes.



1884

First Known Use of gross

1884


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gross

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Definition of gross

plural gross

  1. :  an aggregate of 12 dozen things <a gross of pencils>



Origin of gross

Middle English gros, probably from Anglo-French grosse sum, whole, from feminine of gros


First Known Use: 14th century


Gross

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biographical name \ˈgrōs\

Definition of Gross

  1. David J(onathan) 1941–     Am. physicist




GROSS Defined for Kids

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gross

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adjective \ˈgrōs\

Definition of gross for Students

grossergrossest

  1. 1 :  noticeably bad :  glaring <a gross error>

  2. 2 :  disgusting <a gross habit>

  3. 3 :  consisting of a whole before anything is subtracted <gross earnings>

  4. 4 :  showing poor manners :  vulgar




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gross

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noun

Definition of gross for Students

  1. :  the whole before anything is deducted




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gross

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noun

Definition of gross for Students

plural gross

  1. :  twelve dozen




Medical Dictionary

gross

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adjective \ˈgrōs\

Medical Definition of gross

  1. 1a:  glaringly or flagrantly obviousb:  visible without the aid of a microscope :  macroscopic <gross lesions>—compare occult

  2. 2:  growing or spreading with excessive or abnormal luxuriance

  3. 3:  of, relating to, or dealing with general aspects or broad distinctions <important to understand the gross behavior of the sexually responding animal—A. C. Kinsey>

grossly adverb



Law Dictionary

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gross

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adjective \ˈgrōs\

Legal Definition of gross

  1. 1 :  flagrant or extreme especially in badness or offensiveness :  of very blameworthy character <a gross violation of the rules of ethics> <a gross abuse of trust>

  2. 2 :  consisting of an overall total exclusive of deductions <gross annual earnings> — compare net

grossly adverb
grossness noun


Origin of gross

Middle English, immediately obvious, from Middle French gros thick, coarse, from Latin grossus


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gross

noun

Legal Definition of gross

  1. :  overall total exclusive of deductions

in gross
  1. 1 :  as a lump sum — see also lump sum alimony at alimony

  2. 2 :  independently existing, belonging to a person, and not attached to land — see also easement in gross at easement




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gross

transitive verb

Legal Definition of gross

  1. :  to earn or bring in (an overall total) exclusive of deductions (as for taxes or expenses)





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