- 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 of coarsespecialized variant, variety of course in sense of “ordinary or usual order” as in of course
- 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 of coarseMiddle English cors, probably from course, custom; see course.
(comparative coarser, superlative coarsest)
- Composed of large parts or particles; of inferior quality or appearance; not fine in material or close in texture.
- Lacking refinement, taste or delicacy;
- coarse manners
- coarse language
- 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): fine
cors (adjectival use of cours)