Extremely unpleasant, offensive, or repulsive; unattractive or unappealing; lacking in subtlety or refinement.


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Part of speech



revolting, disgusting, nauseating, offensive, obscene, distasteful


attractive, appealing, delightful, attractive, pleasing, attractive

Example sentences

  • The sight of the rotting food was gross and made her feel sick.
  • His gross behavior was offensive to everyone present.
  • The movie was filled with gross-out humor that was not to everyone’s taste.


“Gross” is an adjective used to describe something that is considered to be unappealing, repulsive, or unpleasant. It suggests that the thing in question is causing a strong physical or emotional reaction of disgust or revulsion, and may be related to matters of taste, hygiene, or morality. Things that are described as gross may be perceived as vulgar, offensive, or obscene, and may elicit a negative response from those who encounter them. The word is often used to describe a range of different experiences, from food or drink that is spoiled or contaminated, to actions or behaviors that are considered to be socially unacceptable