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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of low, common, or inferior quality.
  • adj. Lacking in delicacy or refinement: coarse manners.
  • adj. Vulgar or indecent: coarse language.
  • adj. Consisting of large particles; not fine in texture: coarse sand.
  • adj. Rough, especially to the touch: a coarse tweed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Composed of large parts or particles; of inferior quality or appearance; not fine in material or close in texture.
  • adj. Lacking refinement, taste or delicacy;

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Large in bulk, or composed of large parts or particles; of inferior quality or appearance; not fine in material or close in texture; gross; thick; rough; -- opposed to fine.
  • adj. Not refined; rough; rude; unpolished; gross; indelicate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of inferior or faulty quality; poor in kind or character; not pure or choice; not soft or dainty; rude; common; base.
  • Wanting in fineness of texture or delicacy of structure, or in elegance of form; composed of large parts or particles; thick and rough in texture: as, coarse thread or yarn; coarse hair; coarse sand; coarse cloth; coarse paper.
  • Exhibiting or characterized by lack of refinement; rude; vulgar; of manners or speech, unpolished, uncivil, or ill-bred: as, a coarse face; coarse manners.
  • Gross; indelicate; offensive: as, coarse language; a coarse gesture.
  • Rough; inclement; unpleasant: said of the weather: as, it's a coarse day.
  • In pathology, rough; hoarse: said of the respiratory note or of râles heard in auscultation of the chest.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of textures that are rough to the touch or substances consisting of relatively large particles
  • adj. of low or inferior quality or value
  • adj. lacking refinement or cultivation or taste

Etymologies

Middle English cors, probably from course, custom; see course.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
cors (adjectival use of cours) (Wiktionary)

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