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often attributive
: something inspiring disgust or distaste

gross out

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grossed out; grossing out; grosses out

transitive verb

: to offend, insult, or disgust by something gross

Examples of gross-out in a Sentence

Verb that dead frog in our driveway grosses me out—can you get rid of it?
Recent Examples on the Web
The gross-outs in the middle of the movie are much more effective than anything at the end. Stephanie Zacharek, TIME, 21 May 2024 At the risk of spoiling the film’s big and best gross-out scenes, look out for the rat. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 May 2024 At Sundance, where the film premiered, audience members reportedly walked out in sizable numbers, turned off by the film’s myriad gross-outs. Stephanie Zacharek, TIME, 12 Apr. 2024 The public generally knows Baron Cohen as a British entertainer who likes to push stories and situations to the edge, reveling in crass, gross-out humor that also can be politically and socially charged. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 8 Apr. 2024 The idea of combining the cleaner elements of a gross-out comedy with horror, action and other summer movie thrills pretty much reset the board. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 21 Mar. 2024 In an email exchange with The Takeout regarding the gross-out factor of his bit, gazpachomachine, who goes by Gaz, lends credence to the critics. Jonathan Dale / The Takeout, Quartz, 17 Mar. 2024 Streaming on Prime from March 7, the movie might tap into the nostalgia of audiences raised on the Farrelly brand of goofy raunch, gross-out laughs, slapstick, escalating chaos and sticky sentiment. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Mar. 2024 Here are the 10 best zombie movies on Netflix right now, from raunchy comedies to character dramas and gross-out extravaganzas. Declan Gallagher,, 29 Feb. 2024
Plane mess: Stories about extremely disgusting airplanes have been grossing out travelers. Hannah Sampson, Washington Post, 14 June 2024 The Back-list: Dembe and Ressler are grossed out that Herbie pulled a print from the underside of a toilet seat, but that's called getting👏the👏job👏done👏. Tanya Melendez,, 29 May 2023 Of course, while some might be grossed out at the thought of going to see a carpet of living flies on a beach, van Breugel notes that these animals are doing something very few other creatures can do. Jason Bittel, Travel, 22 Jan. 2024 Brayden served up a charcuterie board of leaves and a beetroot, while Aaron, 29, scrounged up mushrooms and a frog, which grossed out the ladies. Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 18 July 2023 You might get grossed out by how much dirt and grime this cleaner pulls up from your carpets. Condé Nast, WIRED, 12 July 2023 Growing up, Marielle Williamson was grossed out by milk. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, 12 May 2023 Every 17 years, the U.S. media feeds on stories about eating periodical cicadas, a surefire way to gross out readers, viewers and listeners. Washington Post, 25 May 2021 Although some on Twitter were clearly grossed out, many others were also intrigued. Yasmin Tayag, The Atlantic, 30 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


circa 1968, in the meaning defined above


1966, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gross-out was in 1966

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“Gross-out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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