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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.

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. Spoken Corpus Frequency

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

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

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    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. Paul Spencer:

    All of them considered whether the test for gross negligence manslaughter was met.

  2. Robert Menendez:

    Trading Mr Gross for three convicted criminals sets and extremely dangerous precedent, it invites dictatorial and rogue regimes to use Americans serving overseas as bargaining chips.

  3. Jose Morales:

    I look at forecasts, not just for GDP (gross domestic product) growth but also earnings growth in emerging markets. I will start to believe that perhaps we are at a turning point when I see those downgrades stabilise, it always goes back to growth.

  4. Michael McCaul:

    It's reprehensible that the International Olympic Committee has bowed down to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), ignored their gross human rights violations, and allowed them to host this year's Olympics, just as they did in 2008, the CCP will certainly use these Olympics in an attempt to whitewash their genocide, military aggression and oppression of their own people.

  5. Michael Avenatti:

    Trump asked for $ 800k in attorneys' fees, costs and sanctions from the minor defamation case. The ct awarded well less than 1/2, recognizing that the request was gross excessive, the amount in fees awarded Stormy in the main NDA case will be at least $ 1 million more than this.

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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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    one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
    • A. motile
    • B. naiant
    • C. usurious
    • D. askant

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