[ 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.
Origin of coarse
First recorded in 1550–60; earlier cors(e), course, cowarce; of obscure origin
SYNONYMS FOR coarse
OTHER WORDS FROM coarse
coarse·ly, adverb coarse·ness, noun un·coarse, adjective un·coarse·ly, adverb
Words nearby coarse
British Dictionary definitions for coarsely
/ (kɔːs) /
rough in texture, structure, etc; not fine coarse sand
lacking refinement or taste; indelicate; vulgar coarse jokes
of inferior quality; not pure or choice
(of a metal) not refined
(of a screw) having widely spaced threads
Derived forms of coarsecoarsely, adverb coarseness, noun
Word Origin for coarse
C14: of unknown origin