What does coarse mean?

Definitions for coarse
kɔrs, koʊrscoarse

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. coarse, harshadjective

    of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles

    "coarse meal"; "coarse sand"; "a coarse weave"

  2. coarse, common, rough-cut, uncouth, vulgaradjective

    lacking refinement or cultivation or taste

    "he had coarse manners but a first-rate mind"; "behavior that branded him as common"; "an untutored and uncouth human being"; "an uncouth soldier--a real tough guy"; "appealing to the vulgar taste for violence"; "the vulgar display of the newly rich"

  3. coarse, commonadjective

    of low or inferior quality or value

    "of what coarse metal ye are molded"- Shakespeare; "produced...the common cloths used by the poorer population"


  1. coarseadjective

    Composed of large parts or particles; of inferior quality or appearance; not fine in material or close in texture.

  2. coarseadjective

    Lacking refinement, taste or delicacy;

  3. Etymology: cors (adjectival use of cours)

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. COARSEadjective

    I feel
    Of what coarse metal ye are molded. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    ’Tis not the coarser tye of human law
    That binds their peace. James Thomson, Spring.

    Praise of Virgil is against myself, for presuming to copy, in my coarse English, his beautiful expressions. John Dryden, Æn.

    Practical rules may be useful to such as are remote from advice, and to coarse practitioners, which they are obliged to make use of. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    Ill consort, and a coarse perfume,
    Disgrace the delicacy of a feast. Wentworth Dillon.

    A coarse and useless dunghill weed,
    Fix’d to one spot, to rot just as it grows. Thomas Otway, Orphan.

    From this coarse mixture of terrestrial parts,
    Desire and fear by turns possess their hearts. John Dryden, Æn.


  1. coarse

    Coarse refers to something rough, crude, unrefined, or lacking in detail or sophistication. It may pertain to the texture, quality or nature of materials, behaviors, languages, activities, and procedures. In materials, such as fabrics, minerals, sand, or hair, it describes the large, rough, and uneven particles, threads, strands, or grains. When describing behavior or language, it signifies vulgarity or crudeness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coarse

    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. Coarse

    not refined; rough; rude; unpolished; gross; indelicate; as, coarse manners; coarse language

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Coarse

    kōrs, adj. rough: rude: uncivil: vulgar: harsh: gross.—adj. Coarse′-grained, coarse in the grain, as wood: (fig.) inelegant, gross.—adv. Coarse′ly.—v.t. Coars′en, to make coarse.—n. Coarse′ness.—adj. Coars′ish, somewhat coarse. [From phrase 'in course,' hence ordinary.]

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Anagrams for coarse »

  1. ocreas

  2. acrose

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of coarse in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of coarse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of coarse in a Sentence

  1. Marc Morial:

    I wish he had chosen to say, quote, the 'N' word as opposed to saying the word, because I have been long on record that coarse language used in any context in the pubic square is not the best way to talk about these types of issues. The 'N' word has never had a positive meaning.

  2. Edwin Hubbel Chapin:

    Do not judge from mere appearances; for the lift laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy. The bosom can ache beneath diamond brooches; and many a blithe heart dances under coarse wool.

  3. Confucius:

    With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow - I have still joy in the midst of these things. Riches and honors acquired by unrighteousness are to me as a floating cloud.

  4. Lao Tzu:

    The sage wears clothes of coarse cloth but carries jewels in his bosom He knows himself but does not display himself He loves himself but does not hold himself in high esteem.

  5. Cris Hazzard:

    For me, hiking Sahara Convertible Pants primarily function to protect my legs, whether from an overgrown trail, poison oak, ticks or coarse boulders I may have to climb over.

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