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grosser, grossest, grosses, grossing, grossed

(The plural of the number is gross.)

  1. ADJ: ADJ n You use gross to describe something unacceptable or unpleasant to a very great amount, degree, or intensity.

  2. ADJ-GRADED (disapproval) If you say that someone's speech or behaviour is gross, you think it is very rude or unacceptable.

  3. ADJ-GRADED (disapproval) If you describe something as gross, you think it is very unpleasant. [INFORMAL]

  4. ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ (disapproval) If you describe someone as gross, you mean that they are extremely fat and unattractive.

  5. ADJ: ADJ n Gross means the total amount of something, especially money, before any has been taken away.

    ADV: ADV after v

    • Gross is also an adverb. Interest is paid gross, rather than having tax deducted. ...a father earning ₤20,000 gross a year.
  6. ADJ: ADJ n Gross means the total amount of something, after all the relevant amounts have been added together.

  7. ADJ: ADJ n Gross means the total weight of something, including its container or wrapping.

  8. VERB If a person or a business grosses a particular amount of money, they earn that amount of money before tax has been taken away.

  9. NUM: usu a/num NUM A gross is a group of 144 things.

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gro͟ʊsThe plural of the number is gross.

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Word forms


Common casegrossgrosses
Possessive casegross', gross'sgrosses'


Positive degreegross
Comparative degreegrosser
Superlative degreegrossest


Basic forms
Present Participle (Participle I)grossing
Past Participle (Participle II)grossed
Present Indefinite, Active Voice
I grosswe gross
you grossyou gross
he/she/it grossesthey gross
Present Continuous, Active Voice
I am grossingwe are grossing
you are grossingyou are grossing
he/she/it is grossingthey are grossing
Present Perfect, Active Voice
I have grossedwe have grossed
you have grossedyou have grossed
he/she/it has grossedthey have grossed
Present Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I have been grossingwe have been grossing
you have been grossingyou have been grossing
he/she/it has been grossingthey have been grossing
Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I grossedwe grossed
you grossedyou grossed
he/she/it grossedthey grossed
Past Continuous, Active Voice
I was grossingwe were grossing
you were grossingyou were grossing
he/she/it was grossingthey were grossing
Past Perfect, Active Voice
I had grossedwe had grossed
you had grossedyou had grossed
he/she/it had grossedthey had grossed
Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I had been grossingwe had been grossing
you had been grossingyou had been grossing
he/she/it had been grossingthey had been grossing
Future Indefinite, Active Voice
I shall/will grosswe shall/will gross
you will grossyou will gross
he/she/it will grossthey will gross
Future Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will be grossingwe shall/will be grossing
you will be grossingyou will be grossing
he/she/it will be grossingthey will be grossing
Future Perfect, Active Voice
I shall/will have grossedwe shall/will have grossed
you will have grossedyou will have grossed
he/she/it will have grossedthey will have grossed
Future Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will have been grossingwe shall/will have been grossing
you will have been grossingyou will have been grossing
he/she/it will have been grossingthey will have been grossing
Future in the Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I should/would grosswe should/would gross
you would grossyou would gross
he/she/it would grossthey would gross
Future in the Past Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would be grossingwe should/would be grossing
you would be grossingyou would be grossing
he/she/it would be grossingthey would be grossing
Future in the Past Perfect, Active Voice
I should/would have grossedwe should/would have grossed
you would have grossedyou would have grossed
he/she/it would have grossedthey would have grossed
Future in the Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would have been grossingwe should/would have been grossing
you would have been grossingyou would have been grossing
he/she/it would have been grossingthey would have been grossing
Present Indefinite, Passive Voice
I am grossedwe are grossed
you are grossedyou are grossed
he/she/it is grossedthey are grossed
Present Continuous, Passive Voice
I am being grossedwe are being grossed
you are being grossedyou are being grossed
he/she/it is being grossedthey are being grossed
Present Perfect, Passive Voice
I have been grossedwe have been grossed
you have been grossedyou have been grossed
he/she/it has been grossedthey have been grossed
Past Indefinite, Passive Voice
I was grossedwe were grossed
you were grossedyou were grossed
he/she/it was grossedthey were grossed
Past Continuous, Passive Voice
I was being grossedwe were being grossed
you were being grossedyou were being grossed
he/she/it was being grossedthey were being grossed
Past Perfect, Passive Voice
I had been grossedwe had been grossed
you had been grossedyou had been grossed
he/she/it had been grossedthey had been grossed
Future Indefinite, Passive Voice
I shall/will be grossedwe shall/will be grossed
you will be grossedyou will be grossed
he/she/it will be grossedthey will be grossed
Future Perfect, Passive Voice
I shall/will have been grossedwe shall/will have been grossed
you will have been grossedyou will have been grossed
he/she/it will have been grossedthey will have been grossed