[ 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.

Origin of coursing

First recorded in 1530–40; course + -ing1

Definition for coursing (2 of 2)


[ 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 forms

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

Can be confused

coarse 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 (1 of 2)


/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for coursing (2 of 2)


/ (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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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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