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 And loud, coarse bowings in the cadenzas (adapted from Beethoven’s piano concerto arrangement of the piece) seemed utterly foreign. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Fabio Luisi leads Dallas Symphony premiere of atmospheric Angélica Negrón piece," 5 Feb. 2021 In a food processor, pulse baguette to form coarse crumbs; transfer to baking sheet and toast until dry and crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Taylor Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Falafel Chopped Salad," 21 Jan. 2021 In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, fine cornmeal, coarse cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt. Nicole Hvidsten, Star Tribune, "Cornbread provides Southern comfort during Northern winters," 20 Jan. 2021 In December, the EPA decided not to reduce emission levels for both fine particles, called PM2.5 because the particles are 2.5 micrograms per cubic meters or less, and coarse particles, or PM10. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "Here are the Trump environmental rule changes that Biden might target," 17 Jan. 2021 When left to themselves, their great delight, after filling themselves with the coarse herbage of the desert, is to lie and roll in the hot sand. Dan Schlenoff, Scientific American, "50, 100 & 150 Years Ago: January 2021," 1 Jan. 2021 This mask adds an incredible amount of moisture, leaving my usually-coarse hair feeling silky and smooth, almost like a totally new head of hair. Amanda Richards, Southern Living, "This $9 Hair Mask Got Me Through a Year Without a Salon Visit," 31 Dec. 2020 Next, add butter and pulse 5-6 times, until mixture looks like coarse meal. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Veggie Option: You'll go nuts for this reduced-calorie apple pie recipe," 5 Nov. 2020 Readers should also be aware that much of the book’s language is coarse, and some of the events described are quite difficult. Joan Gaylord, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Big Girl, Small Town’ marks the small victories of everyday life," 19 Jan. 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 1 Mar. 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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