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coarse

[ kawrs, kohrs ]
/ kɔrs, koʊrs /
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adjective, coars·er, coars·est.

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RELATED WORDS

boorish, rude, gruff, ribald, vulgar, off-color, obscene, raw, dirty, crude, scatological, nasty, bawdy, crass, grainy, harsh, base, blue, cheap, common

Nearby words

coaptation splint, coaptation suture, coarct, coarctate, coarctation, coarse, coarse fish, coarse-grained, coarsen, coarser, coarticulation

Origin of coarse

First recorded in 1550–60; earlier cors(e), course, cowarce; of obscure origin
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Can be confusedcoarse course curse
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British Dictionary definitions for coarse

coarse

/ (kɔːs) /

adjective

rough in texture, structure, etc; not finecoarse sand
lacking refinement or taste; indelicate; vulgarcoarse jokes
of inferior quality; not pure or choice
(of a metal) not refined
(of a screw) having widely spaced threads
Derived Formscoarsely, adverbcoarseness, noun

Word Origin for coarse

C14: of unknown origin
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