An example of gross is day-old vomit on the ground.
An example of gross is a person who curses every other word.
The gross necessities of life.
A gross miscalculation.
The store grossed $10,000 last month.
An example of gross is the $400 dollars a person earns making $10 an hour at their full-time job for working 40 hours.
An example of a gross is 144 cupcakes.
An example of gross is making $25 for giving a friend a hair cut.
Gross anatomical similarities; gross motor skills.
The movie grossed three million on the first weekend.
Don't you think slugs are gross? He told a gross joke.
- to disgust, shock, offend, etc.
- in bulk; as a whole
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Origin of gross
- Middle English large from Old French gros from Late Latin grossus thick N., sense 2, Middle English grosse from Old French grosse (douzain) large (dozen) feminine of gros
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English gross (“whole, entire", also "flagrant, monstrous”), from Old French gros (“big, thick, large, stour”), from Late Latin grossus (“thick in diameter, coarse”), and Medieval Latin grossus (“great, big”), from Old High German grōz (“big, thick, coarse”), from Proto-Germanic *grautaz (“large, great, thick, coarse grained, unrefined”), from Proto-Indo-European *ghrewə- (“to fell, put down, fall in”). Cognate with French grossier (“gross”). See also French dialectal grôt, groût (Berry, “large”), and grô (Burgundy, “large”), Dutch groot (“big, large”), German groß (“large”), English great. More at great.