- to disgust, shock, offend, etc.
- in bulk; as a whole
Other Word Forms of Gross
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Gross
- gross out
- in the gross
Origin of Gross
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.
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
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