|Origin:||gros 'big, thick', from Latin grossus|
total[only before noun]
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
a gross weight is the total weight of something, including its wrapping
clearly wrong and unacceptable
very bad[only before noun]
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)
very unpleasant to look at or think about [= disgusting]:
Ooh, gross! I hate spinach!
extremely fat and unattractive
—grossly adverb [+ adjective/adverb]
Lambert was grossly overweight.
Medical records were found to be grossly inadequate.
—grossness noun [uncountable]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