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 Dictionary entry overview: What does coarse mean? 

COARSE (adjective)
  The adjective COARSE has 4 senses:

1. of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles
2. lacking refinement or cultivation or taste
3. of low or inferior quality or value
4. conspicuously and tastelessly indecent

  Familiarity information: COARSE used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

COARSE (adjective)

Sense 1coarse [BACK TO TOP]


Of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles


coarse; harsh

Context examples:

coarse meal / coarse sand / a coarse weave


loose; open ((of textures) full of small openings or gaps)

plush-like; plushy ((of textures) resembling plush)

granulated (made grainy or formed into granules)

coarse-grained; farinaceous; grainy; granular; granulose; gritty; mealy (composed of or covered with particles resembling meal in texture or consistency)

coarse-grained; large-grained (not having a fine texture)


rough; unsmooth (having or caused by an irregular surface)


texture (the feel of a surface or a fabric)


fine (of textures that are smooth to the touch or substances consisting of relatively small particles)

Sense 2coarse [BACK TO TOP]


Lacking refinement or cultivation or taste


vulgar; uncouth; rough-cut; coarse; common

Context examples:

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


unrefined ((used of persons and their behavior) not refined; uncouth)

Sense 3coarse [BACK TO TOP]


Of low or inferior quality or value


coarse; common

Context examples:

of what coarse metal ye are molded / produced...the common cloths used by the poorer population


inferior (of low or inferior quality)

Sense 4coarse [BACK TO TOP]


Conspicuously and tastelessly indecent


earthy; crude; coarse; vulgar; gross

Context examples:

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


indecent (offensive to good taste especially in sexual matters)

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