Definition of coarse in English:



  • 1Rough or loose in texture or grain.

    ‘a coarse woolen cloth’
    • ‘Her coarse black hair was pulled into two cute pigtails, and she smiled shyly.’
    • ‘He stood six feet tall and was covered in coarse black fur.’
    • ‘Her voice was coarse as if she had been yelling all night.’
    • ‘Today, refined wheat and rice have virtually displaced coarse grains and millets as the staple cereal.’
    • ‘I can see the depths of his chestnut eyes, the coarse texture of his jet black hair, and the shape of his slightly muscular figure.’
    • ‘She stared at herself, and then pulled on her own clothes, feeling safer in the thick coarse fabrics, the rough knitted jumper.’
    • ‘In fact it was rather ugly, with coarse brown scales and thick awkward looking fins.’
    • ‘In his most characteristic works he carved directly in stone, preferring a hard stone with a coarse texture.’
    • ‘Dulse is a seaweed native to the British Isles that has a reddish-brown color and coarse texture.’
    • ‘His voice was coarse and scratchy, filled with malice and hunger.’
    • ‘It will also be advisable to reclassify coarse cereals as ‘nutritious grains’ in order to underline their desirable nutritive properties.’
    • ‘Oats can be used for hay; however, as with the winter cereals, oats are coarse, slow to dry, and often produce dusty hay.’
    • ‘Objects jumped out in sharp relief: furniture, stairs, the grain of the wood on the cleanly swept floor, the coarse texture of rugs.’
    • ‘We added a sack of sugar, a pouch of coarse black tobacco, and got his grudging acceptance.’
    • ‘The coarse texture and mild flavour of the beans contrasted nicely with the saltiness of the smoked ham and the richness of the sausage.’
    • ‘They wore flannel shirts over loose-fitting pants fashioned of droguet, or drugget, a durable and coarse woolen fabric.’
    • ‘I sighed, moved to stroke the slightly coarse fur on her shoulder.’
    • ‘The carpet lining the boot was scratchy - it was black and coarse and smelled of old mud and car.’
    • ‘The material is coarse and rough, the fabric verdant and winter green.’
    • ‘Everyone always wants to touch the cloth because it looks so rough and coarse, but I can assure you, there is nothing so comfortable for the climate!’
    • ‘He was a rather tall boy with a head full of coarse black hair.’
    rough, bristly, scratchy, prickly, hairy, shaggy, wiry
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    1. 1.1Made of large grains or particles.
      ‘dry, coarse sand’
      • ‘Inhalation of coarse, ambient particulate matter may also contribute to the exacerbation of reactive airways disease.’
      • ‘Water used for domestic purposes can be easily recycled by passing it through layers of charcoal and coarse sand.’
      • ‘For plants that need free drainage I add very coarse sand or fine gravel.’
      • ‘There are places where the sand is coarse and hard instead of soft, worn by years of the sea and her moods.’
      • ‘Blend this all together using the tips of your fingers, until it resembles coarse sand.’
      • ‘A little coarse salt, some ground pepper, and fire.’
      • ‘Just lay it on the ground in the cleared area, and fill it with a coarse grade of sand.’
      • ‘For container gardening use a fast draining potting soil mixed with a little coarse sand.’
      • ‘Sprinkle the coarse salt over a sheet pan and arrange the clams on top.’
      • ‘Lard in particular has a coarse, crystalline structure which makes a highly effective barrier.’
      • ‘If your soil is poorly drained, it may be necessary to put a little coarse sand at the base of the hole.’
      • ‘Beneath her she could feel the coarse grit of sand and pebbles, and in the air she could smell the ocean.’
      • ‘Some sift sand from millet, while others pound the grain into a coarse flour.’
      • ‘Beneath these lies a floor of coarse granite sand and broken shell.’
      • ‘If the surface is slick, such as ceramic tile, sand it with coarse sandpaper.’
      • ‘The coarse white sand of the sea floor contrasted with the pinkish walls with their splattering of yellow, orange and red anemones.’
      • ‘Work started on the site for the pergola today, with the foundations being levelled and the gaps between the stone being filled with coarse gravel ready to receive sand and slabs.’
      • ‘A ragged, yellow-green plant had pushed its way through the coarse, black soil.’
      • ‘Just whiz some of the bread in a food processor until it becomes a pile of coarse crumbs.’
    2. 1.2(of grains or particles) large.
      • ‘The second heating refines the coarse grains and leaves the steel in a softened condition.’
      • ‘If the grains are too coarse the metal will exhibit a rough surface finish on machining and an ‘orange peel’ effect after pressing.’
      • ‘The gold distribution in the ore is quite uneven - coarse grains with occasional nuggets are typical.’
      • ‘Breton butter is notable since it's almost always flecked with large, coarse grains of salt that crunch when you bite into them.’
      • ‘Because of the fragmentation of nuclei and the disruption of cellular membranes, coarse granular particles are formed.’
      • ‘Grain size in the intrusion remains coarse right up to the contact with metasedimentary host rocks.’
      • ‘These coarse particles indicate that the decorator prepared his paint poorly.’
      • ‘Sprinkle with coarse grain sugar; bake until golden brown, about 40 minutes.’
      • ‘In this type of sediment, relatively coarse sand grains are mixed with silt and clay.’
      • ‘Grain orientation also plays a large part in determining toughness of alloys containing coarse particles.’
      • ‘At a microscopic scale, at the surface of the deposit, coarse particles roll on a deposit of fine particles as a result of particle segregation.’
      • ‘He also needs to know the fineness, because coarse particles don't work.’
      • ‘If a drop of the same ink is mixed with a drop of fresh blood, the carbon precipitates at once in the form of rather coarse black particles, assembling in small irregular clusters.’
      • ‘These observations explained the presence of the coarse suspended particles found in the present study.’
      • ‘This wider mix of particle sizes is important because how much sediment a river carries also depends on the relative mix of coarse and fine grains.’
      • ‘Some biologic links between coarse particles and exacerbation of respiratory problems support these findings.’
    3. 1.3(of a person's features) not elegantly formed or proportioned.
      • ‘His facial features were coarse, his hands were spade-like, and his feet were large.’
      • ‘From the servants I had heard that she was very coarse looking and rude.’
      • ‘The male figures here, as before, are represented as coarse, even brutal in feature.’
      heavy, broad, large, rough, rough-hewn, unrefined, inelegant
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    4. 1.4(of food or drink) of inferior quality.
      • ‘It was Julian, the urchin who had once served the coarse wine in The Oranges bar.’
      • ‘The food was meager, coarse bread and a single cup of water along with a small bowl of some kind of stew, long gone cold.’
      • ‘The Romans considered the leek a superior vegetable, unlike onions and garlic which were despised as coarse foods for the poor.’
      • ‘The stuff available is of poor quality - yellow rice that smells rancid; coarse sugar full of dirt, etc.’
      • ‘A Chinese hostess will usually say to her guests she has nothing to offer them but some coarse food and plain tea.’
      • ‘This is just as well; the coarse meat of a big, ‘wormy’ drum makes poor table fare.’
      • ‘After days without respite from the coarse gruel and dairy produce that was the usual fare of a herdsman, I was more than ready for some good meat.’
      • ‘Elderly people often describe the hard days of the past with examples of how they struggled with inadequate and coarse food.’
  • 2(of a person or their speech) rude, crude, or vulgar.

    • ‘Though she is coarse and stupid, she imagines she is cut out for a job in the movies.’
    • ‘He could hear the low hum of voices and the occasional coarse laugh.’
    • ‘If there was one place that Angel detested it was the village, full of smelly houses and coarse women.’
    • ‘I heard some laughing, like a thick coarse chuckle.’
    • ‘She had become like all the other strong, hard, coarse women of poor households.’
    • ‘You will see women lose their uniqueness - they will become as coarse, as brutish as men.’
    • ‘He was far too coarse and obvious to make that necessary, wasn't he?’
    • ‘The ogres, unable to see her, began to look around, still roaring and shouting in their coarse speech.’
    • ‘The people whom he met, besides his own kin, were coarse in speech and thought.’
    • ‘A maid hurries towards the coarse fellow with the bowl of charcoal used as a pipe-lighter.’
    • ‘There are no smiles of a summer night here as Mozart's warm human comedy degenerates into an ugly, coarse sex farce.’
    • ‘This created peer pressure and the cultivation of rough manners, coarse language and status symbols like the body tattoos.’
    • ‘The poet who was so courtly and gentle in his verse could be coarse and vulgar in his everyday speech.’
    • ‘Or, you could argue that our language has become downright coarse, offensive and rude.’
    • ‘These treasure hunters were coarse and greedy types whose only intention was plunder.’
    • ‘A crude culture makes a coarse people, and private refinement cannot long survive public excess.’
    • ‘You are never coarse or vulgar, and people who display such traits offend you.’
    • ‘If the government were made up entirely of that coarse element - the violators, self-seekers, and flatterers - who form its core, it could not continue to exist.’
    • ‘The missives were framed in particularly coarse language to make the point.’
    • ‘To such as these the everyday language of the factory workers will sound shocking, and their general behaviour appear coarse and vulgar, but it is not so in reality.’
    • ‘He sees a woman much like himself, a coarse merchant's daughter who guffaws loudly at a dirty joke.’
    vulgar, crude, rude, off colour, offensive, dirty, filthy, smutty, obscene, indelicate, improper, indecent, indecorous, unseemly, crass, tasteless, lewd, prurient
    oafish, loutish, boorish, churlish, uncouth, rude, discourteous, impolite, ungentlemanly, unladylike, ill-mannered, uncivil, ill-bred, vulgar, common, rough, uncultured, uncivilized, crass, foul-mouthed
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Late Middle English (in the sense ordinary or inferior): origin uncertain; until the 17th century identical in spelling with course, and possibly derived from the latter in the sense habitual or ordinary manner.