grosser


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gross

 (grōs)
adj. gross·er, gross·est
1.
a. Exclusive of deductions; total: gross profits. See Synonyms at whole.
b. Unmitigated in any way; utter: gross incompetence.
2. So obvious or conspicuous as to cause or heighten offense: gross injustice. See Synonyms at flagrant.
3.
a. Brutishly coarse, as in behavior; crude: "It is futile to expect a hungry and squalid population to be anything but violent and gross" (Thomas H. Huxley).
b. Disgusting or offensive: Don't you think slugs are gross? He told a gross joke.
4. Overweight; corpulent: "Sally is fat. She is gross. She must weigh twelve stone and more" (Margaret Drabble).
5.
a. On a large scale; not fine or detailed: gross anatomical similarities; gross motor skills.
b. Broad; general: the gross necessities of life.
n.
1. pl. gross·es The entire body or amount, as of income, before necessary deductions have been made.
2. pl. gross Abbr. gr. or gro. A group of 144 items; 12 dozen.
tr.v. grossed, gross·ing, gross·es
To earn as a total income or profit before deductions: The store grossed $10,000 last month.
Phrasal Verb:
gross out Slang
To fill with disgust; nauseate: "The trick in making a family film ... is finding ways to interest grown-ups without boring, confusing, or grossing out the younger set" (David Sterritt).

[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.]

gross′er n.
gross′ly adv.
gross′ness n.

gross•er

(ˈgroʊ sər)

n.
Informal. a motion picture, etc. that grosses a certain amount of money: a big box-office grosser.
[1955–60]
References in classic literature ?
Higginson, and the outpouring of a psalm from the general throat of the community, was to be made acceptable to the grosser sense by ale, cider, wine, and brandy, in copious effusion, and, as some authorities aver, by an ox, roasted whole, or at least, by the weight and substance of an ox, in more manageable joints and sirloins.
These, perhaps, if more distinctly heard, might have been only a grosser medium, and have clogged the spiritual sense.
Perhaps, deep down, the reason is that there still vibrates in the masculine blood the thrilling surprise of the moment when man first realised that the angel woman was built upon the same carnivorous principles as his grosser self.
For know, whatever was created, needs To be sustaind and fed; of Elements The grosser feeds the purer, earth the sea, Earth and the Sea feed Air, the Air those Fires Ethereal, and as lowest first the Moon; Whence in her visage round those spots, unpurg'd Vapours not yet into her substance turnd.
I had worked two chairs with my knife, the sorrel nag helping me in the grosser and more laborious part.
At length, just before he rose to depart, he took me by the hand, and said (to quote his exact words): "Between ourselves, Barbara Alexievna, that kinswoman of yours and my good friend and acquaintance--I refer to Anna Thedorovna - is a very bad woman " (he also added a grosser term of opprobrium).
In one or two cases I have known that detachment from the grosser needs of existence remain regrettably incomplete in the matter of drink.
This is the calamity of men whose spiritual part dies out of them and leaves the grosser understanding to assimilate them more and more to the things of which alone it can take cognizance; but in Owen Warland the spirit was not dead nor passed away; it only slept.
The worst heart of the world is a grosser book than the
The worst heart of the world is a grosser book than the'Hortulus Animæ,' {*1} and perhaps it is but one of the great mercies of God that 'er lasst sich nicht lesen.
Beebe did not quite understand the situation; but then, he did not desire to understand it, nor to jump to the conclusion of "another man" that would have attracted a grosser mind.
He was pale, even tremulous; but, as before, she was appalled by the determination revealed in the depths of this gentle being she had married--the will to subdue the grosser to the subtler emotion, the substance to the conception, the flesh to the spirit.