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gross-out

[grohs-out] /ˈgroʊsˌaʊt/
noun, Slang.
1.
something that is disgustingly offensive.
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75; noun use of verb phrase gross out

gross

[grohs] /groʊs/
adjective, grosser, grossest.
1.
without deductions; total, as the amount of sales, salary, profit, etc., before taking deductions for expenses, taxes, or the like (opposed to net):
gross earnings; gross sales.
2.
unqualified; complete; rank:
a gross scoundrel.
3.
flagrant and extreme:
gross injustice.
4.
indelicate, indecent, obscene, or vulgar:
gross remarks.
5.
lacking in refinement, good manners, education, etc.; unrefined.
6.
large, big, or bulky.
7.
extremely or excessively fat.
8.
thick; dense; heavy:
gross vegetation.
9.
of or concerning only the broadest or most general considerations, aspects, etc.
10.
Slang. extremely objectionable, offensive, or disgusting:
He wore an outfit that was absolutely gross.
noun, plural gross for 11, grosses for 12, 13.
11.
a group of 12 dozen, or 144, things.
Abbreviation: gro.
12.
total income from sales, salary, etc., before any deductions (opposed to net).
13.
Obsolete. the main body, bulk, or mass.
verb (used with object)
14.
to have, make, or earn as a total before any deductions, as of taxes, expenses, etc.:
The company grossed over three million dollars last year.
Verb phrases
15.
gross out, Slang.
  1. to disgust or offend, especially by crude language or behavior.
  2. to shock or horrify.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English < Old French gros large (as noun, grosse twelve dozen) < Late Latin gross(us) thick, coarse
Related forms
grossly, adverb
grossness, noun
outgross, verb (used with object)
overgross, adjective
overgrossly, adverb
overgrossness, noun
ungross, adjective
Synonyms
3. shameful, outrageous, heinous, grievous. See flagrant. 4. low, animal, sensual, broad. 6. massive, great.
Antonyms
4. decent. 6. delicate, small.
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British Dictionary definitions for gross out

gross out

verb (transitive, adverb)
1.
to cause (a person) to feel distaste or strong dislike for (something)
noun
2.
a person or thing regarded as disgusting or objectionable
adjective
3.
disgusting, boring, or objectionable

gross

/ɡrəʊs/
adjective
1.
repellently or excessively fat or bulky
2.
with no deductions for expenses, tax, etc; total: gross sales, gross income Compare net2 (sense 1)
3.
(of personal qualities, tastes, etc) conspicuously coarse or vulgar
4.
obviously or exceptionally culpable or wrong; flagrant: gross inefficiency
5.
lacking in perception, sensitivity, or discrimination: gross judgments
6.
(esp of vegetation) dense; thick; luxuriant
7.
(obsolete) coarse in texture or quality
8.
(rare) rude; uneducated; ignorant
interjection (slang)
9.
an exclamation indicating disgust
noun
10.
(pl) gross. a unit of quantity equal to 12 dozen
11.
(pl) grosses
  1. the entire amount
  2. the great majority
verb (transitive)
12.
to earn as total revenue, before deductions for expenses, tax, etc
See also gross out, gross up
Derived Forms
grossly, adverb
grossness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French gros large, from Late Latin grossus thick
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Word Origin and History for gross out

gross

adj.

mid-14c., "large;" early 15c., "coarse, plain, simple," from Old French gros "big, thick, fat, tall, pregnant; coarse, rude, awkward; ominous, important; arrogant" (11c.), from Late Latin grossus "thick, coarse (of food or mind)," of obscure origin, not in classical Latin. Said to be unrelated to Latin crassus, which meant the same thing, or to German gross "large," but said by Klein to be cognate with Old Irish bres, Middle Irish bras "big." Its meaning forked in English to "glaring, flagrant, monstrous" (1580s) on the one hand and "entire, total, whole" (early 15c.) on the other. Meaning "disgusting" is first recorded 1958 in U.S. student slang, from earlier use as an intensifier of unpleasant things (gross stupidity, etc.). Earlier "coarse in behavior or manners" (1530s) and, of things, "inferior, common" (late 15c.). Gross national product first recorded 1947.

n.

"a dozen dozen," early 15c., from Old French grosse douzaine "large dozen;" see gross (adj.). Earlier as the name of a measure of weight equal to one-eighth of a dram (early 15c.). Sense of "total profit" (opposed to net) is from 1520s.

v.

"to earn a total of," 1884, from gross (n.). Related: Grossed; grossing.

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gross out in Medicine

Gross (grōs), Samuel David. 1805-1884.

American surgeon and educator who wrote widely influential medical treatises, including A System of Surgery (1859).

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gross out in Culture

gross definition


Exclusive of deductions, prior to taxation, as in gross income. (Compare net.) Total, aggregate, as in gross domestic product.

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Slang definitions & phrases for gross out

gross

adjective

Disgusting; rebarbative; grotty: at this moment (how gross!) blowing kisses into the phone (1958+ Teenagers)


gross-out

modifier

: The Animal House gross-out movies are all about groups/ gross-out scenes of the Dalmatian mounting the smaller dog

noun

Something particularly disgusting; repellent trash: He attempts the ultimate gross-out: ''self-expression'' of the kind found in Greenwich Village (1960s+ Teenagers)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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