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 clothb : adjusted or designed for heavy, fast, or less delicate work a coarse saw with large teethc : 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
Examples of coarse in a Sentence
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
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
The dog has a thick, coarse coat.
The fabric varies in texture from coarse to fine.
Recent Examples of coarse from the Web
For each sandwich, layer 1 slice toast with 2 slices cooked bacon, 2 slices tomatoes, 8 thin slices cucumber, 1 thin slice sweet onion, 1 medium lettuce leaf, and coarse salt and pepper to taste.
To make smoked salt, just place kosher salt or coarse sea salt in a pan.
There, they are asked to remove their own shoes and socks before entering a giant square room filled with coarse, cold sand.
Fairly coarse sand means the beach slopes steeply down to the cold, 60-70-degree water, but Dr. Beach claims the destination’s main draw is a spectacular view offered from the cliffs over the bay.
New Zealand now produces 200,000 tonnes (196,840 tons) of wool each year — coarse wool that ends up mainly in the world’s carpets.
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Synonym Discussion of coarse
COARSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of coarse for English Language Learners
: made up of large pieces : not fine
: having a rough quality
: rude or offensive
COARSE Defined for Kids
Definition of coarse for Students
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
Medical Definition of coarse
1: visible to the naked eye or by means of a compound microscope coarse particles
2of 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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