gross implies extreme coarseness and insensitiveness.
gross eating habits
obscene applies to anything strongly repulsive to the sense of decency and propriety especially in sexual matters.
obscene language not allowed on the air
ribald applies to what is amusingly or picturesquely vulgar or irreverent or mildly indecent.
entertained the campers with ribald folk songs
Examples of coarse in a Sentence
He was a man of middle age with coarse, curly gray hair, a dark, pock-marked complexion and protruding, almost batrachian eyes.—Leila Hadley, Give Me the World, (1958) 1999He had a heavy face and a shrivelled nose and thick, coarse, bunched up skin.—Paul Theroux, Granta, Summer 1994She'd always been taught—and she'd felt it instinctively—that sun-braised cheeks, sallow skin and reddened hands were coarse and unsightly, the emblem of the foreigner and the day laborer.—T. Coraghessan Boyle, The Road To Wellville, 1993Around the throbbing machinery was a frame of coarse wire net.—Ursula K. Le Guin, Harper's, August 1990
The dog has a thick, coarse coat.
The fabric varies in texture from coarse to fine. See More
Recent Examples on the WebCelebrity nail artist Queenie Nguyen says that a nail technician will first use a coarse nail file to remove the shiny top layer and roughen up the surface.—Audrey Noble, Vogue, 27 Nov. 2023 Keep processing to your taste, pulsing less for a coarse pesto, more for a smooth one.—The View, ABC News, 22 Nov. 2023 Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.—Genevieve Ko, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Nov. 2023 Pulse cranberries until finely chopped with a few coarse pieces.—Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 16 Oct. 2023 Rub butter into flour mixture using your fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal.—Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 3 Nov. 2023 Contains some strong violence, mature thematic material and coarse language.—Pat Padua, Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2023 As a nation, their food is heavy, coarse, ill prepared and indigestible. . . .—Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 9 Oct. 2023 And while buffing your birthday suit with coarse bristles might sound unappealing and potentially painful, this body care ritual is actually quite gentle (enjoyable, even).—Jenn Sinrich, SELF, 22 Sep. 2023 See More
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Middle English cors, perhaps from course, noun — see courseentry 1