coarse

adjective
\ ˈkȯrs How to pronounce coarse (audio) \
coarser; coarsest

Definition of coarse

1 : of ordinary or inferior quality or value : common of what coarse metal ye are molded— Shakespeare
2a(1) : composed of relatively large parts or particles coarse sand
(2) : loose or rough in texture coarse cloth
b : adjusted or designed for heavy, fast, or less delicate work a coarse saw with large teeth
c : not precise or detailed with respect to adjustment or discrimination filled in the details of the rather coarse preliminary report
3 : crude or unrefined in taste, manners, or language
4 : harsh, raucous, or rough in tone
5 chiefly British : of or relating to coarse fish coarse fishing

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Other Words from coarse

coarsely adverb
coarseness noun

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coarse, vulgar, gross, obscene, ribald mean offensive to good taste or morals. coarse implies roughness, rudeness, or crudeness of spirit, behavior, or language. found the coarse humor of coworkers offensive vulgar often implies boorishness or ill-breeding. a loud vulgar belch 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) 1999 He had a heavy face and a shrivelled nose and thick, coarse, bunched up skin. — Paul Theroux, Granta, Summer 1994 She'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, 1993 Around 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Some contain coarse language: Oct. 8, 2002 In this exchange, Ferguson refers to the DBA - the Detroit Building Authority; SAM is an apparent reference to a veteran DBA contractor. Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, "More text messages revealed, Mayor's pal got inside scoop," 30 May 2020 Contains strong, bloody violence, pervasive coarse language and some sexuality. Author: Michael O'sullivan, Anchorage Daily News, "New movies to stream this week: ‘Up From the Streets,’ ‘The Wolf House’ and more," 16 May 2020 Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Apple Pie with Cheddar Cheese Crust," 28 Oct. 2019 Add the butter; pulse until the mixture is pale yellow and resembles coarse corn meal, 10 to 15 short bursts. Stacey Ballis, chicagotribune.com, "When cocktails inspire dessert — Aperol spritz bars, anyone?," 4 Oct. 2019 Add butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal, 6 to 7 times. Nancy Fuller, Country Living, "Nancy Fuller's Double-Crust Apple-Cheddar Pie," 20 Sep. 2019 That coarse meal is mixed with whole oats (so that the bars aren’t too pasty), then coated with honey and peanut butter. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "That Nut Butter Bar You're Obsessed With Is Easy to Make at Home," 10 Sep. 2019 Use your fingers to quickly press the butter and fat into the flour until flattened and the mixture resembles coarse meal with ragged clumps. Los Angeles Times, "Duck fat: the magic ingredient you didn’t know your peach pie needed," 27 July 2019 Add the butter and continue to pulse till the dough resembles coarse meal. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Fourth of July Recipe: Simmer + Sauce’s Bluebarb Pie," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of coarse

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coarse

Middle English cors, perhaps from course, noun — see course entry 1

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The first known use of coarse was in the 14th century

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“Coarse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coarse. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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coarse

adjective
How to pronounce coarse (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of coarse

: made up of large pieces : not fine
: having a rough quality
: rude or offensive

coarse

adjective
\ ˈkȯrs How to pronounce coarse (audio) \
coarser; coarsest

Kids Definition of coarse

1 : having a harsh or rough quality coarse dry skin a coarse fabric
2 : made up of large particles coarse sand
3 : crude in taste, manners, or language
4 : of poor or ordinary quality

Other Words from coarse

coarsely adverb
coarseness noun

coarse

adjective
\ ˈkō(ə)rs, ˈkȯ(ə)rs How to pronounce coarse (audio) \

Medical Definition of coarse

1 : visible to the naked eye or by means of a compound microscope coarse particles
2 of a tremor : of wide excursion a coarse tremor of the extremities
3 : harsh, raucous, or rough in tone used of some sounds heard in auscultation in pathological states of the chest coarse rales

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