- 1Rough or loose in texture or grain: a coarse woolen clothMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Made of large grains or particles: dry, coarse sandMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.
- 1.4(Of food or drink) of inferior quality.More example sentences
- 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.
- 2(Of a person or their speech) rude, crude, or vulgar.More example sentences
- You are never coarse or vulgar, and people who display such traits offend you.
- A crude culture makes a coarse people, and private refinement cannot long survive public excess.
- He sees a woman much like himself, a coarse merchant's daughter who guffaws loudly at a dirty joke.
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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.
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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.
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'.