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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Gross.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gross, 144noun

    twelve dozen

  2. gross, revenue, receiptsadjective

    the entire amount of income before any deductions are made

  3. grossadjective

    before any deductions

    "gross income"

  4. grossadjective

    lacking fine distinctions or detail

    "the gross details of the structure appear reasonable"

  5. gross, porcineadjective

    repellently fat

    "a bald porcine old man"

  6. megascopic, grossadjective

    visible to the naked eye (especially of rocks and anatomical features)

  7. arrant(a), complete(a), consummate(a), double-dyed(a), everlasting(a), gross(a), perfect(a), pure(a), sodding(a), stark(a), staring(a), thoroughgoing(a), utter(a), unadulteratedadjective

    without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers

    "an arrant fool"; "a complete coward"; "a consummate fool"; "a double-dyed villain"; "gross negligence"; "a perfect idiot"; "pure folly"; "what a sodding mess"; "stark staring mad"; "a thoroughgoing villain"; "utter nonsense"; "the unadulterated truth"

  8. crude, earthy, gross, vulgaradjective

    conspicuously and tastelessly indecent

    "coarse language"; "a crude joke"; "crude behavior"; "an earthy sense of humor"; "a revoltingly gross expletive"; "a vulgar gesture"; "full of language so vulgar it should have been edited"

  9. crying(a), egregious, flagrant, glaring, gross, rankverb

    conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible

    "a crying shame"; "an egregious lie"; "flagrant violation of human rights"; "a glaring error"; "gross ineptitude"; "gross injustice"; "rank treachery"

  10. grossverb

    earn before taxes, expenses, etc.


  1. Grossadjective

    Hence: Disgusting; repulsive; highly offensive; as, a gross remark.


  1. grossnoun

    A unit of amount = twelve dozen = 144 pcs.

  2. grossnoun

    The total nominal earnings or amount, before taxes, expenses, exceptions or similar are deducted. That which remains after all deductions is called net.

  3. grossnoun

    The bulk, the mass, the masses.

  4. grossverb

    To earn money, not including expenses.

    The movie grossed three million on the first weekend.

  5. grossadjective


  6. grossadjective

    Coarse, rude, vulgar, obscene, or impure.

    But man to know God is a difficulty, except by a mean he himself inure, which is to know God's creatures that be: at first them that be of the grossest nature, and then [...] them that be more pure. 1874: Dodsley et al., A Select Collection of Old English Plays

  7. grossadjective

    Great, large, palpable, bulky, or fat.

  8. grossadjective

    Great, serious, flagrant, or shameful

  9. grossadjective

    the whole amount; entire; total before any deductions.

    gross domestic product

  10. grossadjective


  11. Grossnoun

    A surname, originally a nickname for a big man, from Middle English gros.

  12. Grossnoun

    A village in Nebraska, having a population of two as of 2010.

  13. Etymology: From gross, from gros, from grossus, and grossus, of origin, from groz, from grautaz, from ghrewə-. Cognate with dialectal grôt, groût, and grô, groot, groß, great. More at great.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GROSSadjective

    Etymology: gros, French; grosso, Italian; crassus, Latin.

    The crows and choughs, that wing the midway air,
    Shew scarce so gross as beetles. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    There are two gross volumes concerning the power of popes. Thomas Baker, on Learning.

    He ripely considered how gross a thing it were for men of his quality, wise and grave men, to live with such a multitude, and to be tenants at will under them. Richard Hooker, Preface.

    They can say that in doctrine, in discipline, in prayers, and in sacraments, the church of Rome hath very foul and gross corruptions. Richard Hooker, b. iv.

    So far hath the natural understanding, even of sundry whole nations, been darkened, that they have not discerned, no, not gross iniquity to be sin. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    To all sense ’tis gross
    You love my son: invention is asham’d,
    Against the proclamation of thy passion,
    To say thou do’st not. William Shakespeare, All’s well that ends well.

    Examples gross as earth exhort me. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Like gross terms,
    The prince will in the perfectness of time
    Cast off his followers. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. ii.

    Belial came last, than whom a spirit more lewd
    Fell not from heaven, or more gross to love
    Vice for itself. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. i.

    Is not religion so perfectly good in itself, above all, in its Author, that, without the grossest sensuality, we cannot but admire it. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

    It is a gross mistake of some men, to think that our wants only and imperfections do naturally induce us to be beneficent. George Smalridge, Sermons.

    The sun’s oppressive ray the roseat bloom
    Of beauty blasting, gives the gloomy hue,
    And feature gross. James Thomson, Summer.

    It is manifest, that when the eye standeth in the finer medium, and the object is in the grosser, things shew greater; but contrariwise, when the eye is placed in the grosser medium, and the object in the finer. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Of elements,
    The grosser feeds the purer; earth the sea,
    Earth and the sea feed air. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. v.

    Light fumes are merry, grosser fumes are sad;
    Both are the reasonable soul run mad. John Dryden, Fables.

    Or suck the mists in grosser air below,
    Or dip their pinions in the painted bow. Alexander Pope.

    If she doth then the subtile sense excel,
    How gross are they that drown her in the blood? Davies.

    And in clear dream and solemn vision,
    Tell her of things that no gross ear can hear. John Milton.

    Some men give more light and knowledge by the bare stating of the question with perspicuity and justness, than others by talking of it in gross confusion for whole hours together. Isaac Watts.

    Fine and delicate sculptures are helped with nearness, and gross with distance. Henry Wotton, Architecture.

  2. Grossnoun

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    The Belgians hop’d, that with disorder’d haste
    The deep-cut keels upon the sands might run;
    Or, if with caution leisurely were past,
    Their numerous gross might charge us one by one. Dryden.

    Several casuists are of opinion, that, in a battle, you should discharge upon the gross of the enemy, without levelling your piece at any particular person. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    The gross of the people can have no other prospect in changes and revolutions than of publick blessings. Addison.

    Certain general inducements are used to make saleable your cause in gross. Richard Hooker, Preface.

    There was an opinion in gross, that the soul was immortal. George Abbot, Description of the World.

    Remember, son,
    You are a general: other wars require you;
    For see the Saxon gross begins to move. John Dryden, K. Arthur.

    Notwithstanding the decay and loss of sundry trades and manufactures, yet, in the gross, we ship off now one third part more of the manufactures, as also lead and tin, than we did twenty years past. Josiah Child, Discourse on Trade.

    He hath ribbons of all the colours i’ th’ rainbow; they come to him by the gross. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    I cannot instantly raise up the gross
    Of full three thousand ducats. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    You see the united design of many persons to make up one figure: after they have separated themselves in many petty divisions, they rejoin one by one into a gross. Dryden.

    Comets, out of question, have likewise power and effect over the gross and mass of things. Francis Bacon, Essay 24.

    The articulate sounds are more confused, though the gross of the sound be greater. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    It is made up only of that simple idea of an unite repeated; and repetitions of this kind, joined together, make those distinct simple modes of a dozen, a gross, and a million. John Locke.


  1. gross

    Gross can have several meanings depending on the context, but here is a general definition: Gross typically refers to something that is extreme, excessive, or objectionable in an unpleasant or offensive way. It can describe something that is visually or morally disgusting, crude, or vulgar. Gross can also be used to refer to the total, overall, or before deductions amount of something, such as income or sales. Additionally, gross can refer to the total weight or magnitude of something without taking into account any specific details or considerations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gross

    great; large; bulky; fat; of huge size; excessively large

  2. Gross

    coarse; rough; not fine or delicate

  3. Gross

    not easily aroused or excited; not sensitive in perception or feeling; dull; witless

  4. Gross

    expressing, Or originating in, animal or sensual appetites; hence, coarse, vulgar, low, obscene, or impure

  5. Gross

    thick; dense; not attenuated; as, a gross medium

  6. Gross

    great; palpable; serious; vagrant; shameful; as, a gross mistake; gross injustice; gross negligence

  7. Gross

    whole; entire; total; without deduction; as, the gross sum, or gross amount, the gross weight; -- opposed to net

  8. Grossadjective

    the main body; the chief part, bulk, or mass

  9. Gross

    the number of twelve dozen; twelve times twelve; as, a gross of bottles; ten gross of pens

  10. Etymology: [F. gros, L. grossus, perh. fr. L. crassus thick, dense, fat, E. crass, cf. Skr. grathita tied together, wound up, hardened. Cf. Engross, Grocer, Grogram.]


  1. Gross

    In economics, gross means before deductions. The antonym is net, meaning after deductions.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gross

    grōs, adj. coarse: rough: dense: palpable, glaring, shameful: whole: coarse in mind: stupid: sensual: obscene.—n. the main bulk: the whole taken together: a great hundred—i.e. twelve dozen.—adv. Gross′ly.—n. Gross′ness.—In gross, in bulk, wholesale. [Fr. gros—L. grossus, thick.]

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  1. Gross

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  2. Gross

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. GROSS

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Gross is ranked #440 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Gross surname appeared 74,503 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 25 would have the surname Gross.

    84.8% or 63,231 total occurrences were White.
    10.3% or 7,704 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 1,825 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 1,103 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 387 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 253 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Gross' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4176

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Gross' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3774

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Gross' in Adjectives Frequency: #546

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Gross in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Gross in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Gross in a Sentence

  1. Rand Paul:

    Masks are really for infected people to prevent them from spreading infection to people who are not infected rather than protecting uninfected people from acquiring infection. The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through the material, it might, however, provide some slight benefit in keep out gross droplets if someone coughs or sneezes on you. I do not recommend that you wear a mask, particularly since you are going to a vey (sic) low risk location.

  2. Jeff Kerr:

    The groundbreaking settlement in this case still stands, and 25 percent of the gross proceeds from the photos that Naruto took will go toward supporting him and his community—representing the first time that an animal will obtain a direct financial benefit from something that he or she created, pETA will continue working until the last barrier falls and animals' fundamental rights are recognized under the law, including their rights as creators.

  3. Toni Gross:

    Craig said. The family made the sudden 1,000-mile trip from Tampa, Florida, to Dover Air Force Base to accept his body in person. Frank Gross with his father Craig; Frank was killed in 2011 by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan (Fox News) Toni said: That was such a dark time of our life. Although it was one of their lowest lows, there was support -- thanks to the Fisher House and the organization behind it. The Fisher Foundation helps military families around the country whose loved ones are in the hospital. In all, the non-profit has helped more than 300,000 families since 1990 by donating 58 houses across the country and in Germany and the United Kingdom. But the house at Dover Air Force Base was built specifically for families whose loved ones have made the ultimate sacrifice. Frank Gross with his mother Toni, who has been volunteering at Fisher House (Fox News) That, I think, was the most important Fisher House that we've ever built said Ken Fisher, Fisher House Foundation chairman and CEO. We believe in the power of family. We believe in, obviously, bringing the plight of the military family to light. This house is run by members of the Air Force — including house manager, technical sergeant Dorothy Whitfield. This house is their safe haven while they are here at Dover for their short stay, Whitfield said. The house has a fully stocked kitchen, multiple bedrooms, and a living room full of toys to make the family's hardest day somewhat easier. Whitfield said: If they're are sad and they want to cry, we're right there with them and we'll cry with them. Years after the Gross’ visit, the Fisher House is still making an impact on the family’s lives. Toni began volunteering. I just knew that I needed to give back and encourage others. I also knew that by giving back my spirit would be lifted.

  4. Croatian Prime Minister-designate Tihomir Oreskovic:

    We all know that our (public) debt is at a worrying level of around 90 percent of gross domestic product. My goal is to talk to investors and share ideas on how to tame the debt and achieve better credit rating.

  5. Joko Widodo:

    I as a head of state acknowledge that there were gross human rights violations that did happen in many events, and I strongly regret that those violations occurred.

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  • مقرف, كلي, معيب, سئ,جارح, إجماليArabic
  • veletucetCzech
  • unempfindlich, brutto, dick, grob, Gros, unanständig, ekelhaftGerman
  • gruesa, bruto, repulsivoSpanish
  • lihava, krossi, bruttomyynti, inhottava, bruttomäärä, tympeä, vakava, valtava, karkea, bruttotulo, bruttoansio, ällöttävä, enemmistö, inha, suunnaton, törkeä, rahvaanomainen, vastenmielinen, iljettäväFinnish
  • grossière, dégoûtant, brut, grossierFrench
  • comhlán, grósaIrish
  • dà dhusan dheugScottish Gaelic
  • nagytucat, grossz, otromba, durva, goromba, bruttóHungarian
  • complessivo, rude, imperdonabile, macroscopico, ripugnante, lordo, indecente, volgare, osceno, grossolano, crudele, rozzo, grave, impuro, grassoItalian
  • きもいJapanese
  • 심한Korean
  • bruto, walgelijk, grosDutch
  • ekkelNorwegian
  • gros, ciężki, odstręczający, poważny, obleśny, bruttoPolish
  • brutoPortuguese
  • brut, scarbosRomanian
  • валовой, тяжкий, серьёзный, отвратительный, притупленный, брутто, большой, омерзительный, похабный, грубый, гадкий, тучный, неприличный, противныйRussian
  • brútoSlovene
  • obscen, äcklig, tråkig, oanständig, brutto, grov, trist, allvarlig, tjock, fet, gross, svårSwedish
  • iğrençTurkish

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