Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Topic: MEASUREMENT

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: gros 'big, thick', from Latin grossus

gross

1 adjective
     
gross1 S3
1

total

[only before noun]
a) BF a gross sum of money is the total amount before any tax or costs have been taken away [↪ net]:
a gross profit of $5 million
gross income/salary/pay etc
a family with gross earnings of just £75 per week
b) TM a gross weight is the total weight of something, including its wrapping
2

very bad

[only before noun] clearly wrong and unacceptable
gross negligence/misconduct etc
soldiers accused of gross violations of human rights
The company described reports of environmental disaster as gross exaggeration.
gross indecency (=the crime of doing something that is sexually offensive)
3

nasty

spoken very unpleasant to look at or think about [= disgusting]:
Ooh, gross! I hate spinach!
4

fat

informal extremely fat and unattractive
grossly adverb [+ adjective/adverb]
Medical records were found to be grossly inadequate.
grossness noun [uncountable]
WORD FOCUS: horrible WORD FOCUS: horrible
taste or smell: nasty, not very nice, revolting, disgusting, foul, unpleasant, gross informal

experience, situation, or feeling: nasty, not very nice, terrible, unpleasant

person: nasty, not very nice, obnoxious, mean American English, unpleasant, objectionable


See also
horrible
Word of the Day
The MEASUREMENT
Word of the Day is:

Other related topics