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coarse

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EtymologyEdit

Adjectival use of course, diverging therefrom in spelling in the 18th century. The sense developed from '(following) the usual course' (cf. of course) to 'ordinary, common' to 'lacking refinement', with 'not fine, granular' arising from its application to cloth. Compare the development of mean.

AdjectiveEdit

coarse (comparative coarser, superlative coarsest)

  1. Composed of large parts or particles; of inferior quality or appearance; not fine in material or close in texture.
  2. Lacking refinement, taste or delicacy;
    coarse manners
    coarse language

Usage notesEdit

  • Nouns to which "coarse" is often applied: language, particle, grain, graining, sand, powder, gravel, grit, salt, gold, thread, hair, cloth, grid, aggregate, texture, grass, fish, angling, fishing.

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  • (of inferior quality): fine

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