Meaning of GROSS in English

GROSS

/ grəʊs; NAmE groʊs/ adjective , adverb , verb , noun

■ adjective ( gross·er , gross·est )

1.

[ only before noun ] being the total amount of sth before anything is taken away :

gross weight (= including the container or wrapping)

gross income / wage (= before taxes, etc. are taken away)

Investments showed a gross profit of 26%.

—compare net

2.

[ only before noun ] ( formal or law ) ( of a crime, etc. ) very obvious and unacceptable :

gross indecency / negligence / misconduct

a gross violation of human rights

3.

( informal ) very unpleasant

SYN disgusting :

'He ate it with mustard.' 'Oh, gross!'

➡ note at disgusting

4.

very rude

SYN crude :

gross behaviour

5.

very fat and ugly :

She's not just fat, she's positively gross!

►  gross·ness noun [ U ]

■ adverb

in total, before anything is taken away :

She earns £25 000 a year gross.

—compare net

■ verb

[ vn ] to earn a particular amount of money before tax has been taken off it :

It is one of the biggest grossing movies of all time.

PHRASAL VERBS

- gross sb out

■ noun

1.

( pl. gross ) a group of 144 things :

two gross of apples

to sell sth by the gross

2.

( pl. grosses ) ( especially US ) a total amount of money earned by sth, especially a film / movie, before any costs are taken away

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English (in the sense thick, massive, bulky ): from Old French gros , grosse large, from late Latin grossus .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.