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.
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: kôs, IPA(key): /kɔːs/
- (General American) enPR: kôrs, IPA(key): /kɔːɹs/
- (rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) enPR: kōrs, IPA(key): /ko(ː)ɹs/
- (non-rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /koəs/
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- Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)s
- Homophone: course
- Composed of large parts or particles; of inferior quality or appearance; not fine in material or close in texture.
- Lacking refinement, taste or delicacy;
- coarse manners
- coarse language
- 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.
- (of inferior quality): thick, rough, sharp, hard
- (not refined): rough, rude, uncouth, blunt, unpolished, inelegant, indelicate, vulgar, gritty, obscene, crass
- (of inferior quality): fine
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- coarse in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- coarse in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- coarse at OneLook Dictionary Search