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Meaning of coarse by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) enPR: kô( r )s, IPA: /kɔː( ɹ )s/, X-SAMPA: /kO:( r )s/
    • Rhymes: -ɔː( r )s
    • ( US ) enPR: kô( r )s, IPA: /kɔː( ɹ )s/, /koʊɹs/, X-SAMPA: /KO:( r )s/, koUrs/
    • Rhymes: -ɔː( r )s, -oʊɹs
    • Homophone: course


    cors ( adjectival use of cours )


    coarse ( comparative coarser, superlative coarsest )

    1. Composed of large parts or particles; of inferior quality or appearance; not fine in material or close in texture .
    2. Lacking refinement, taste or delicacy;
      coarse manners
      coarse language

    Usage notes

    • Nouns to which "coarse" is often applied: language, particle, grain, graining, sand, powder, gravel, grit, salt, gold, thread, hair, cloth, grid, aggregate, texture, grass, fish, angling, fishing .


    • ( of inferior quality ): thick, rough, sharp, hard
    • ( not refined ): rough, rude, uncouth, blunt, unpolished, inelegant, indelicate, vulgar, gritty, obscene, crass


    Derived terms

    External links

    • coarse in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • coarse in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • coarse at OneLook Dictionary Search


Explanation of coarse by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. lacking refinement or cultivation or taste

    2. he had coarse manners but a first-rate mind
    3. of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles

    4. coarse meal
      coarse sand
      a coarse weave
    5. of low or inferior quality or value

    6. of what coarse metal ye are molded- Shakespeare

    Definition of coarse by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Coarse ( kōrs ), a. [Compar. Coarser ( kōrsẽr ); superl. Coarsest.] [As this word was anciently written course, or cours, it may be an abbreviation of of course, in the common manner of proceeding, common, and hence, homely, made for common domestic use, plain, rude, rough, gross, e. g., “Though the threads be course.” Gascoigne. See Course.]

      1. Large in bulk, or composed of large parts or particles; of inferior quality or appearance; not fine in material or close in texture; gross; thick; rough; -- opposed to fine; as, “coarse sand; coarse thread; coarse cloth; coarse bread”.

      2. Not refined; rough; rude; unpolished; gross; indelicate; as, “coarse manners; coarse language”.

      I feel

      Of what coarse metal ye are molded. Shak.

      To copy, in my coarse English, his beautiful expressions. Dryden.

      Syn. -- Large; thick; rough; gross; blunt; uncouth; unpolished; inelegant; indelicate; vulgar.