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 But if there are any crusty bits, try pouring coarse salt in there and going at it with a Tawashi scrubber, which has soft bristles that whisk away any detritus. Lauren Joseph, Bon Appétit, 16 June 2021 Working in batches as needed, pulse them in a spice grinder or food processor to a coarse powder. Washington Post, 3 June 2021 Stir in 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, ¼ teaspoon coarse salt, ½ teaspoon pepper and hot sauce to taste. Susan Nicholson, Arkansas Online, 26 May 2021 Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs and holds together when a little is squeezed in your fingers. BostonGlobe.com, 1 June 2021 Tenochtitlan 2 parts Milagro Silver; 1 part fresh lime juice; 3/4 part oregano simple syrup; 4 chunks watermelon; oregano leaf; pink peppercorn; coarse salt. Jillian Dara, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Jill O’connor, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 May 2021 Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Star Tribune, 12 May 2021 The firmer underpinnings and performance tires may do wonders for the handling without destroying the ride, but refinement suffers in the process, especially on coarse road surfaces. Greg Kable, Car and Driver, 20 May 2021

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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 23 Jun. 2021.

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coarse

adjective

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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