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gross

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adjective \ ˈgrōs \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of gross

1 a :of, relating to, or dealing with general aspects or broad distinctions
  • a gross outline of the plan
b :consisting of an overall total exclusive of deductions
  • gross income
— compare net
2 a (1) :glaringly noticeable usually because of inexcusable badness or objectionableness
  • a gross error
(2) :out-and-out, utter
  • a gross injustice
b :visible without the aid of a microscope
  • a gross lesion
c archaic :immediately obvious
  • Now to all sense 'tis gross you love my son.
  • —William Shakespeare
3 a :coarse in nature or behavior :unrefined
  • has gross table manners
b :gravely deficient in civility or decency :crudely vulgar
  • merely gross, a scatological rather than a pornographic impropriety
  • —Aldous Huxley
c informal :inspiring disgust or distaste
  • That sandwich looks gross.
4 a :growing or spreading with excessive luxuriance
  • a gross riot of vegetation
b :big, bulky
5 :made up of material or perceptible elements
6 archaic :not fastidious in taste :undiscriminating
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 and Etymology of gross

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

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

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gross

noun

Definition of gross

1 obsolete :amount, sum
2 :overall total exclusive of deductions
  • The company's gross doubled in five years.

Origin and Etymology of gross

see 1gross


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gross

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Definition of gross

transitive verb
:to earn or bring in (an overall total) exclusive of deductions (as for taxes or expenses)
  • The movie grossed over 100 million dollars.

grosser

noun

Examples of gross in a Sentence

  1. They grossed $50,000 before taxes.

Origin and Etymology of gross

see 1gross


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gross

noun

Definition of gross

plural gross
:an aggregate of 12 dozen things
  • a gross of pencils

Origin and Etymology of gross

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


Gross

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biographical name \ ˈgrōs \

Definition of Gross

David J(onathan) 1941–     American physicist

GROSS Defined for English Language Learners

gross

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adjective

Definition of gross for English Language Learners

  • : very obvious or noticeable

  • : rude or offensive

  • : very disgusting


GROSS Defined for Kids

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gross

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adjective \ ˈgrōs \

Definition of gross for Students

grosser; grossest
1 :noticeably bad :glaring
  • a gross error
2 :disgusting
  • a gross habit
3 :consisting of a whole before anything is subtracted
  • gross earnings
4 :showing poor manners :vulgar

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gross

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Definition of gross for Students

:the whole before anything is deducted

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gross

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Definition of gross for Students

plural gross
:twelve dozen

Medical Dictionary

gross

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adjective \ ˈgrōs \

medical Definition of gross

1 a :glaringly or flagrantly obvious
b :visible without the aid of a microscope :macroscopic
  • gross lesions
— compare occult
2 :growing or spreading with excessive or abnormal luxuriance
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 :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 :consisting of an overall total exclusive of deductions
  • gross annual earnings
— compare net

grossly

adverb

grossness

noun

Origin and Etymology 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

:overall total exclusive of deductions
in gross
1 :as a lump sum — see also lump sum alimony at alimony
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

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


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