[ kawrs, kohrs ]
/ kɔrs, koʊrs /
adjective, coars·er, coars·est.
composed of relatively large parts or particles: The beach had rough, coarse sand.
lacking in fineness or delicacy of texture, structure, etc.: The stiff, coarse fabric irritated her skin.
lacking delicacy, taste, or refinement; unpolished: He had coarse manners but an absolutely first-rate mind.
of inferior or faulty quality; common; base.
vulgar; obscene; crude: His coarse language angered us.
(of metals) unrefined.
(of a metal file) having the maximum commercial grade of coarseness.
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Origin of coarse
First recorded in 1550–60; earlier cors(e), course, cowarce; of obscure origin
SYNONYMS FOR coarse
coarse·ly, adverbcoarse·ness, nounun·coarse, adjectiveun·coarse·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for coarse
/ (kɔːs) /
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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