Definitions

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  • adj. Having a rough grain or fiber; hence, figuratively, having coarse traits of character; not polished.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a rough grain or fiber; hence, figuratively, having coarse traits of character; not polished; brisque.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as coarsegrained, as qualifying things or persons.

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Examples

  • * Fruit of the sapodilla tree (Achras sapota); size of a small apple, rough-grained, yellow to greyish pulp.

    On Eating Apples

  • At the other side, she puts her hand on a great ash tree, and I see there is a dark thread of silk wound around the rough-grained wood of the thick trunk.

    The White Queen

  • All mushed up in my head, the details of new motherhood melted together into a sort of swampy mess – shitspitsleepshitswaddlespitshitsleep – but out on the screen, out in front of me, those details broke apart and became less like muck and more like particles of rough-grained sand, little glimmering nuggets that sparkled if I held them or looked at them at just the right angle.

    The Un-Rant | Her Bad Mother

  • All mushed up in my head, the details of new motherhood melted together into a sort of swampy mess - shitspitsleepshitswaddlespitshitsleep - but out on the screen, out in front of me, those details broke apart and became less like muck and more like particles of rough-grained sand, little glimmering nuggets that sparkled if I held them or looked at them at just the right angle.

    Archive 2006-03-12

  • Instead she told of an overseer on Poinciana Island, a lean, rough-grained, angular man who wore sunglasses, western boots, a straw cowboy hat, and khaki clothes when he sat atop his horse and rode among the black workers in the fields.

    Jolie Blon’s Bounce

  • Her sidelong gaze flickered over him, so tall and powerfully muscled with those rough-grained features she had grown to love so well.

    Leftover Love

  • This last was of a grey stone, rough-grained j almost like coastal granite, carved into the shape of a man with brawny shoulders, a full curling beard and the tail of a fish.

    beneath an opal moon

  • The mirror behind the bar was yellowed, and the rough-grained floor was stained with tobacco spittle.

    Half of Paradise

  • Gryce, who could not bear to be fussed, and time proved her douce and not fashious, she became quite a favorite with her rough-grained hostess, who wondered more and more where Emmanuel had picked her up, and whose bairn she really was.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 102, June, 1876

  • Now, where character is rough-grained fine sentiments are impossible.

    The Epistles of St. Peter

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