Definition of coarse in English:

coarse

Syllabification: coarse
Pronunciation: /kôrs
 
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adjective

  • 1Rough or loose in texture or grain: a coarse woolen cloth
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    • 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.
    • He was a rather tall boy with a head full of coarse black hair.
    • Her coarse black hair was pulled into two cute pigtails, and she smiled shyly.
    Synonyms
    rough, scratchy, prickly, wiry
  • 1.1Made of large grains or particles: dry, coarse sand
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    • Water used for domestic purposes can be easily recycled by passing it through layers of charcoal and coarse sand.
    • If your soil is poorly drained, it may be necessary to put a little coarse sand at the base of the hole.
    • Beneath these lies a floor of coarse granite sand and broken shell.
  • 1.2(Of grains or particles) large.
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    • 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.
    • Some biologic links between coarse particles and exacerbation of respiratory problems support these findings.
    • Grain orientation also plays a large part in determining toughness of alloys containing coarse particles.
  • 1.3(Of a person’s features) not elegantly formed or proportioned.
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    • His facial features were coarse, his hands were spade-like, and his feet were large.
    • The male figures here, as before, are represented as coarse, even brutal in feature.
    • From the servants I had heard that she was very coarse looking and rude.
    Synonyms
    large, rough, rough-hewn, heavy; ugly
  • 1.4(Of food or drink) of inferior quality.
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    • 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.
    • A Chinese hostess will usually say to her guests she has nothing to offer them but some coarse food and plain tea.
    • The Romans considered the leek a superior vegetable, unlike onions and garlic which were despised as coarse foods for the poor.

Derivatives

coarsely

adverb
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  • The aggressive and coarsely humorous moments are mostly unconvincing.
  • Stripping away the levity of certain scenes and shocking the audience with coarsely untheatrical moments may bring out subtle new nuances in unexpected areas, but it gives no impression of a full reading.
  • The food is poorly made, imprecise and coarsely seasoned: less good than you'd expect from the chill counter of a supermarket.

coarsish

adjective
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  • Chop the olives, anchovy and capers, add the crushed garlic - it should have a coarsish texture.
  • While they are growing and developing their coats will be coarsish and reddish in colour.
  • The coat should be flat and dense, of a coarsish texture and oily nature, and capable of resisting water.

Origin

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'.

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