verb coars·en \ˈkr-sən\

: to make (something) rough or rougher

: to become rough or rougher

: to cause (someone or something) to become rude or offensive


Full Definition of COARSEN

transitive verb
:  to make coarse
intransitive verb
:  to become coarse

Examples of COARSEN

  1. Her hands were coarsened by years of hard work.
  2. He was coarsened by his time in prison.
  3. offensive words that coarsen the English language
  4. The book describes how popular culture has coarsened in recent decades.

First Known Use of COARSEN


Rhymes with COARSEN


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