From Middle English gross ("whole, entire; flagrant, monstrous"), from Old French gros ("big, thick, large, stout"), from Late Latin grossus ("thick in diameter, coarse"), and Medieval Latin grossus ("great, big"), influenced by Old High German grōz ("big, thick, coarse"), from Proto-Germanic *grautaz ("large, great, thick, coarse grained, unrefined"), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰer- ("to rub, to stroke, to grind"). Cognate with French grossier ("gross"). See also French dialectal grôt, groût (Berry) and grô (Burgundy), Catalan gros ("big"), Dutch groot ("big, large"), German groß ("large"), English great. More at great.
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