[ kawr-sing, kohr- ]
/ ˈkɔr sɪŋ, ˈkoʊr- /


the act of a person or thing that courses.
the sport of pursuing game with dogs that follow by sight rather than by scent.

Nearby words

  1. course work,
  2. courser,
  3. courses,
  4. courseware,
  5. coursework,
  6. court,
  7. court card,
  8. court christian,
  9. court circular,
  10. court cupboard

Origin of coursing

First recorded in 1530–40; course + -ing1


[ kawrs, kohrs ]
/ kɔrs, koʊrs /


verb (used with object), coursed, cours·ing.

verb (used without object), coursed, cours·ing.

Origin of course

1250–1300; Middle English co(u)rs (noun) < Anglo-French co(u)rs(e), Old French cours < Latin cursus “a running, course,” equivalent to cur(rere) “to run” + -sus, variant of -tus suffix of verb action

Related formsmul·ti·course, nounun·der·course, verb, un·der·coursed, un·der·cours·ing, noun

Can be confusedcoarse course curse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for coursing

British Dictionary definitions for coursing


/ (ˈkɔːsɪŋ) /


hunting with hounds or dogs that follow their quarry by sight
a sport in which hounds are matched against one another in pairs for the hunting of hares by sight


/ (kɔːs) /



See also courses

Word Origin for course

C13: from Old French cours, from Latin cursus a running, from currere to run

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Word Origin and History for coursing
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Idioms and Phrases with coursing


In addition to the idiom beginning with course

  • course of true love never ran smoothly, the

also see:

  • crash course
  • in due course
  • matter of course
  • of course
  • par for the course
  • run its course
  • stay the course
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