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


1 adjective
Related topics: Finance, Measurement
gross1 S3


[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

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)


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


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

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