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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The Dragoons' sturdy granite, coarse surface and vertical cracks make for excellent climbing. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 7 Apr. 2021 Contains strong disturbing violent content and grisly images, graphic nudity and some coarse language. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 1 June 2022 For medium and coarse hair types, nourishing creams and oils can tame unruly strands, make hair shinier and keep frizz at bay. Dori Price, Good Housekeeping, 3 June 2022 Chop 1/2 cup of the oats into coarse bits or grind coarsely in a food processor. Lisa Zwirn, BostonGlobe.com, 31 May 2022 Note: Chopping the olives by hand for the tapenade makes for a coarse and interesting texture. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 27 May 2022 These are coarse, thick waves, sometimes called deep waves. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2022 Our country is moving back toward its nakedly racist past, fueled by shameless politicians, coarse public dialogue and fictional social media conspiracies. Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2022 Transfer to a spice grinder or food processor and process to a coarse blend. Jennifer Mcclellan, USA TODAY, 17 May 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for coarse

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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