Meaning of COARSE in English


— coarsely , adv. — coarseness , n.

/kawrs, kohrs/ , adj., coarser, coarsest .

1. composed of relatively large parts or particles: The beach had rough, coarse sand.

2. lacking in fineness or delicacy of texture, structure, etc.: The stiff, coarse fabric irritated her skin.

3. harsh; grating.

4. lacking delicacy, taste, or refinement; unpolished: He had coarse manners but an absolutely first-rate mind.

5. of inferior or faulty quality; common; base.

6. vulgar; obscene; crude: His coarse language angered us.

7. (of metals) unrefined.

8. (of a metal file) having the maximum commercial grade of coarseness.

[ 1550-60; earlier cors ( e ), course, cowarce; of obscure orig. ]

Syn. 2, 4. crude, rude, rough. 4. vulgar, gross, crass. 6. indelicate.

Ant. 4. refined, sensitive.

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