- The definition of coarse is something that has large particles, poor quality, a rough texture or something that is in bad taste.
- An example of coarse is large particles of ground pepper.
- An example of coarse is thick and dry hair.
- An example of coarse is the texture of sandpaper.
- An example of coarse is someone using lots of swear words when speaking.
- of inferior or poor quality; common: coarse fare
- consisting of rather large elements or particles: coarse sand
- not fine or delicate in texture, structure, form, etc.; rough; harsh: coarse features, coarse cloth
- for rough or crude work or results: a coarse file, coarse measurements
- lacking in refinement or good taste; vulgar; crude: a coarse joke
Origin: specialized variant, variety of course inch(es) sense of “ordinary or usual order” as inch(es) of course
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adjective coars·er, coars·est
- Of low, common, or inferior quality.
- a. Lacking in delicacy or refinement: coarse manners.b. Vulgar or indecent: coarse language.
- Consisting of large particles; not fine in texture: coarse sand.
- Rough, especially to the touch: a coarse tweed.
Origin: Middle English cors, probably from course, custom; see course.
- coarseˈly adverb
- coarseˈness noun