- Adjective: gross (grosser,grossest) grows
- Before any deductions
- Lacking fine distinctions or detail
"the gross details of the structure appear reasonable"
- Repellently fat
- Visible to the naked eye (especially of rocks and anatomical features)
- Without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
- arrant, complete, consummate, double-dyed, everlasting, perfect, pure, sodding, stark, staring, thoroughgoing, utter, unadulterated
- Conspicuously and tastelessly indecent
"a revoltingly gross expletive"
- crude, earthy, vulgar
- Conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
"gross ineptitude"; "gross injustice"
- crying, egregious, flagrant, glaring, rank
- Earn before taxes, expenses, etc.
Derived forms: grossest, grossing, grosses, grosser, grossed
- Before any deductions
mod. crude; vulgar; disgusting. (Slang only when overused.)
• This food is gross!
• What a gross thing to even suggest.
AmE / adjective, adverb, verb, noun
1 (Accounting ) (abbr gr)
(about an amount of money) being the total before tax or other costs are taken away:
She has a gross income of $55 000.
Our gross revenues rose 5% last year.
It will soon be easier for overseas investors to receive gross interest.
Mortgage payments were measured as a percentage of gross income.
gross earnings/income/revenue/salary/wages gross interest/returns/yields
2 (abbr gr)
(about a weight) including everything such as the container or wrapping as well as the contents:
The regulations do not apply to goods vehicles with a maximum gross weight (= including the vehicle and the contents) of less than 3 500 kg.
State the gross weight of the truck after the shipment has been loaded.
3 (Law , formal) [only before noun]
(about behaviour) very bad and unacceptable:
The firm had suffered from years of gross mismanagement.
The finance director was dismissed for gross misconduct.
The company was found guilty of gross negligence (= they had failed to give enough care and attention to sth).
in total, before tax or any other costs are taken away:
She earns $30 000 a year gross.
■ verb [+ obj]
to earn a particular amount of money before tax and other costs are taken away:
He predicted that the company would gross $20 million in 2005.
It is one of the highest grossing movies of all time.
gross sth up (Accounting )
to calculate a total amount by adding the amount that is usually taken off in taxes, etc. to a net amount (= with taxes taken off):
You must gross it up by 30% to give you the equivalent amount of gross income.
Many investment companies failed to gross up expenses paid.
■ noun [C]
1 (plural grosses) (especially AmE)
a total amount of money earned by sb/sth, especially a film/movie, before any costs are taken away
2 (plural gross) (abbr gr.)
a group of 144 things:
to sell sth by the gross
An indication that something which could have been subtracted has not been. The word appears in economics in a variety of contexts. The gross weight of a product includes packaging; net weight is gross weight minus the weight of any packaging. Gross investment is total investment spending, before making any deduction for capital consumption, which is subtracted to get net investment. Similarly, gross domestic product (GDP) is the total of production for consumption, investment and government use, before making any deduction for capital consumption; net domestic product is GDP minus capital consumption. Gross assets are total assets held, disregarding any liabilities; net assets are gross assets minus liabilities.
See IN GROSS.
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- their tendency is gross and illiberal.
- resources do not depend upon gross amounts.
- it was a gross breach of protocol.
- how gross he had been at mr. fielding's!
- she thought her room-mates were gross fools.