AskDefine | Define coarse

Dictionary Definition

coarse adj
1 of texture; large-grained or rough to the touch; "coarse meal"; "coarse sand"; "a coarse weave" [ant: fine]
2 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" [syn: common, rough-cut, uncouth, vulgar]
3 of low or inferior quality or value; "of what coarse metal ye are molded"- Shakespeare; "produced...the common cloths used by the poorer population" [syn: common]
4 conspicuously and tastelessly indecent; "coarse language"; "a crude joke"; "crude behavior"; "an earthy sense of humor"; "a revoltingly gross expletive"; "a vulgar gesture"; "full of language so vulgar it should have been edited" [syn: crude, earthy, gross, vulgar]

User Contributed Dictionary




cors (adjectival use of cours)


  1. Composed of large parts or particles; of inferior quality or appearance; not fine in material or close in texture.
  2. Not refined.
    coarse manners
    coarse language



  • (of inferior quality): fine

Derived terms


of inferior quality
  • Chinese: 粗糙的 (cūcāo de)
  • Dutch: ruw
  • Finnish: karkea
  • French: brut, brute
  • German: grob
  • Hebrew: גס (gas) , גסה (gasa) ; נחות (nakhut) , נחותה (nekhuta)
  • Hungarian: durva
  • Ido: kruda
  • Italian: rude, grossolano, grossolana
  • Japanese: 粗いarai) (あらい
  • Portuguese: grosseiro, grosseira
  • Romanian: grosier, grosiera
  • Russian: грубый (grúbyj)
  • Spanish: tosco, tosca
not refined
  • Finnish: karkea
  • Italian: rozzo
  • Hungarian: durva

Extensive Definition

Coarse may refer to:
  • Bosnian Coarse Haired Hound, developed by 19th century Bosnian hunters as a scent hound.
  • Coarse bubble diffusers, produce 1/4 to 1/2 inch bubbles which rise rapidly from the floor of a wastewater treatment plant or sewage treatment plant tank.
  • Coarse fishing, an angling method, mostly popular throughout Europe.
  • Coarse sandpaper, a form of paper where an abrasive material has been fixed to its surface, allowing rapid removal of material by rubbing.
  • Coarse structure, on a set X is a collection of subsets of the cartesian product X × X with certain. properties which allow the large-scale structure of metric spaces and topological spaces to be defined. Used in the mathematical fields of geometry and topology.
  • Coarse woody debris (CWD), a term used for the dead trees left standing or fallen, including branches on the ground.
  • Styrian Coarse Haired Hound, a rough coated, hardy hunting dog used by Austrians and Slovenians to hunt Wild Boar.
  • Coarse grain

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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