Frightful vs Gross - What's the difference?

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Frightful is a related term of gross.

As an adjective frightful

is (obsolete): full of fright; affrighted; frightened.

As a proper noun gross is




(Webster 1913)

Alternative forms

* frightfull (archaic)


(en adjective)
  • (obsolete): Full of fright; affrighted; frightened.
  • *
  • Full of that which causes fright; exciting alarm; impressing terror; shocking; as, a frightful chasm, or tempest; a frightful appearance.
  • (Used as an intensifier)
  • We wasted a frightful amount of money on renovations.


    * terrible * dreadful * alarming * fearful * terrific * awful * horrid * horrible * shocking




  • (US, slang) Disgusting.
  • Coarse, rude, vulgar, obscene, or impure.
  • * 1874 : Dodsley et al., A Select Collection of Old English Plays
  • But man to know God is a difficulty, except by a mean he himself inure, which is to know God’s creatures that be: at first them that be of the grossest nature, and then [...] them that be more pure.
  • * , chapter=12
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=All this was extraordinarily distasteful to Churchill. It was ugly, gross . Never before had he felt such repulsion when the vicar displayed his characteristic bluntness or coarseness of speech. In the present connexion—or rather as a transition from the subject that started their conversation—such talk had been distressingly out of place.}}
  • Great, large, bulky, or fat.
  • * 2013 , (Hilary Mantel), ‘Royal Bodies’, London Review of Books , 35.IV:
  • He collected a number of injuries that stopped him jousting, and then in middle age became stout, eventually gross .
  • Great, serious, flagrant, or shameful.
  • The whole amount; entire; total before any deductions.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Boundary problems , passage=Economics is a messy discipline: too fluid to be a science, too rigorous to be an art. Perhaps it is fitting that economists’ most-used metric, gross domestic product (GDP), is a tangle too. GDP measures the total value of output in an economic territory. Its apparent simplicity explains why it is scrutinised down to tenths of a percentage point every month.}}
  • Not sensitive in perception or feeling; dull; witless.
  • * Milton
  • Tell her of things that no gross ear can hear.


    * (disgusting) (l), (l), (l) * (fat) See also


    * fine * (total before any deductions) net


  • Twelve dozen = 144.
  • The total nominal earnings or amount, before taxes, expenses, exceptions or similar are deducted. That which remains after all deductions is called net.
  • The bulk, the mass, the masses.
  • Verb

  • To earn money, not including expenses.
  • The movie gross ed three million on the first weekend.
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  • Derived terms

    * gross receipts * gross weight * gross income ----