from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Exclusive of deductions; total: gross profits. See Synonyms at whole.
  • adj. Unmitigated in any way; utter: gross incompetence.
  • adj. Glaringly obvious: gross injustice. See Synonyms at flagrant.
  • adj. Brutishly coarse, as in behavior; crude: "It is futile to expect a hungry and squalid population to be anything but violent and gross” ( Thomas H. Huxley).
  • adj. Offensive; disgusting.
  • adj. Lacking sensitivity or discernment; unrefined:
  • adj. Carnal; sensual.
  • adj. Overweight; corpulent.
  • adj. Dense; profuse.
  • adj. Broad; general: the gross outlines of a plan.
  • n. The entire body or amount, as of income, before necessary deductions have been made.
  • n. A group of 144 items; 12 dozen.
  • transitive v. To earn as a total income or profit before deductions.
  • gross out Slang To fill with disgust; nauseate: "The trick in making a family film . . . is finding ways to interest grown-ups without boring, confusing, or grossing out the younger set” ( Christian Science Monitor).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Disgusting.
  • adj. Coarse, rude, vulgar, obscene, or impure.
  • adj. Great, large, palpable, bulky, or fat.
  • adj. Great, serious, flagrant, or shameful
  • adj. the whole amount; entire; total before any deductions.
  • adj. Dull.
  • n. Twelve dozen = 144.
  • n. The total nominal earnings or amount, before taxes, expenses, exceptions or similar are deducted. That which remains after all deductions is called net.
  • n. The bulk, the mass, the masses.
  • v. To earn money, not including expenses.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Great; large; bulky; fat; of huge size; excessively large.
  • adj. Coarse; rough; not fine or delicate.
  • adj. Not easily aroused or excited; not sensitive in perception or feeling; dull; witless.
  • adj. Expressing, or originating in, animal or sensual appetites; hence, coarse, vulgar, low, obscene, or impure.
  • adj. Disgusting; repulsive; highly offensive.
  • adj. Thick; dense; not attenuated.
  • adj. Great; palpable; serious; vagrant; shameful
  • adj. Whole; entire; total; without deduction; ; -- opposed to net.
  • n. The main body; the chief part, bulk, or mass.
  • n. The number of twelve dozen; twelve times twelve

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Great; large; big; bulky.
  • Unusually large or plump, as from coarse growth or fatness: applied to plants or animals, and implying in men excessive or repulsive fatness.
  • Coarse in texture or form; coarse in taste, or as related to any of the senses; not fine or delicate.
  • Coarse in a moral sense; vulgar; indelicate; broad: applied to either persons or things.
  • Remarkably glaring or reprehensible; enormous; shameful; flagrant: as, a gross mistake; gross injustice.
  • Thick; dense; not attenuated; not refined or pure: as, a gross medium; gross air; gross elements.
  • Not acute or sensitive in perception, apprehension, or feeling; stupid; dull.
  • Whole; entire; total; specifically, without deduction, as for charges or waste material; without allowance of tare and tret: opposed to net: as, the gross sum or amount; gross profits, income, or weight.
  • General; not entering into detail.
  • n. The main body; the chief part; the bulk; the mass: now chiefly or only in the phrase in gross or in the gross (which see, below).
  • n. A unit of tale, consisting of twelve dozen, or 144. It never has the plural form: as, five gross or ten gross.
  • n. Thick soft food, such as porridge, etc. Halliwell.
  • After large game: as, to fly gross: said of a hawk.
  • To engross.
  • Relatively large; specifically, visible to the naked eye; megascopic; not microscopic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. visible to the naked eye (especially of rocks and anatomical features)
  • v. earn before taxes, expenses, etc.
  • adj. without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
  • adj. lacking fine distinctions or detail
  • n. the entire amount of income before any deductions are made
  • adj. conspicuously and tastelessly indecent
  • adj. conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
  • n. twelve dozen
  • adj. before any deductions
  • adj. repellently fat


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, large, from Old French gros, from Late Latin grossus, thick. N., sense 2, Middle English grosse, from Old French grosse (douzain), large (dozen), feminine of gros.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English gross ("whole, entire", also "flagrant, monstrous"), from Old French gros ("big, thick, large, stour"), from Late Latin grossus ("thick in diameter, coarse"), and Medieval Latin grossus ("great, big"), from Old High German grōz ("big, thick, coarse"), from Proto-Germanic *grautaz (“large, great, thick, coarse grained, unrefined”), from Proto-Indo-European *ghrewə- (“to fell, put down, fall in”). Cognate with French dialectal grôt, groût (Berry, "large"), and grô (Burgundy, "large"), Dutch groot ("big, large"), German groß ("large"), English great. More at great.


  • In addition, from time to time on this call we refer to the term gross sales.

  • Instead of measuring social health by the standard economic yardstick, gross domestic product, Bhutan tracks what it calls gross national happiness, which is defined as sustainable development, cultural preservation, environmental well-being and good governance.

    Semi-Roughing It

  • Human Rights Watch HRW says African Union mediators in Ivory Coast should work to end what it calls "gross violations of human rights" by security forces loyal to incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo, as violence continues to escalate in the country's commercial capital and troubled western region.

    HRW: Gbagbo Security Forces Committing Gross Rights Violations in Ivory Coast

  • Human Rights Watch says the African Union mediation should work to end what it calls "gross violations of human rights" by security forces that it says are targeting Ouattara supporters.

    Fighting Continues in Ivorian Commercial Capital as Civilians Flee

  • He says this case highlights what he calls a gross inequity in how the church treats scandal.

    Nun Excommunicated For Allowing Abortion

  • There's a big difference between "total transactions" in the economy (what I call gross domestic expenditures, or GDE) and final transactions, or GDP.

    P Is to Q as GDP to GDE

  • She is in the country to highlight what she calls gross human rights violations in Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • My Imperialist friends were for the most part horribly shocked at what they called my gross and unjust personal prejudices against a great man.

    The Adventure of Living

  • He moved that the rule _nisi_ should be discharged; put in a copy of the Christmas Number of the _Freethinker_, which he described as a gross and intentional outrage on the religious feelings of the public; alleged, as was perfectly true, that it was still being sold; and urged that the case was one that should be sent for trial at once.

    Prisoner for Blasphemy

  • If the mind breaks through what we call gross matter, and explores its interior, it finds itself indeed in a vast under or hidden world -- a world almost as much a creation of the imagination as that visited by Alice in Wonderland, except that the existence of this world is capable of demonstration.

    The Breath of Life


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.