Adjective "Coarse" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Rough or harsh in texture.
  1. 'In his most characteristic works he carved directly in stone, preferring a hard stone with a coarse texture.'
  2. 'The material is coarse and rough, the fabric verdant and winter green.'
  3. 'Oats can be used for hay; however, as with the winter cereals, oats are coarse, slow to dry, and often produce dusty hay.'
  4. 'His voice was coarse and scratchy, filled with malice and hunger.'
  5. 'We added a sack of sugar, a pouch of coarse black tobacco, and got his grudging acceptance.'
  6. 'She stared at herself, and then pulled on her own clothes, feeling safer in the thick coarse fabrics, the rough knitted jumper.'
  7. 'In fact it was rather ugly, with coarse brown scales and thick awkward looking fins.'
  8. 'Her coarse black hair was pulled into two cute pigtails, and she smiled shyly.'
  9. 'I sighed, moved to stroke the slightly coarse fur on her shoulder.'
  10. 'Dulse is a seaweed native to the British Isles that has a reddish-brown color and coarse texture.'
  11. 'Objects jumped out in sharp relief: furniture, stairs, the grain of the wood on the cleanly swept floor, the coarse texture of rugs.'
  12. 'If the surface is slick, such as ceramic tile, sand it with coarse sandpaper.'
  13. 'For plants that need free drainage I add very coarse sand or fine gravel.'
  14. 'The coarse white sand of the sea floor contrasted with the pinkish walls with their splattering of yellow, orange and red anemones.'
  15. 'Water used for domestic purposes can be easily recycled by passing it through layers of charcoal and coarse sand.'
  16. 'Beneath her she could feel the coarse grit of sand and pebbles, and in the air she could smell the ocean.'
  17. 'Just lay it on the ground in the cleared area, and fill it with a coarse grade of sand.'
  18. 'A ragged, yellow-green plant had pushed its way through the coarse, black soil.'
  19. 'Beneath these lies a floor of coarse granite sand and broken shell.'
  20. 'Lard in particular has a coarse, crystalline structure which makes a highly effective barrier.'
  21. 'A little coarse salt, some ground pepper, and fire.'
  22. 'The gold distribution in the ore is quite uneven - coarse grains with occasional nuggets are typical.'
  23. 'The second heating refines the coarse grains and leaves the steel in a softened condition.'
  24. 'These observations explained the presence of the coarse suspended particles found in the present study.'
  25. 'He also needs to know the fineness, because coarse particles don't work.'
  26. 'Sprinkle with coarse grain sugar; bake until golden brown, about 40 minutes.'
  27. 'Because of the fragmentation of nuclei and the disruption of cellular membranes, coarse granular particles are formed.'
  28. 'If a drop of the same ink is mixed with a drop of fresh blood, the carbon precipitates at once in the form of rather coarse black particles, assembling in small irregular clusters.'
  29. 'Breton butter is notable since it's almost always flecked with large, coarse grains of salt that crunch when you bite into them.'
  30. 'his coarse, ugly features contorted with rage'
  31. 'The male figures here, as before, are represented as coarse, even brutal in feature.'
  32. 'the wine is harsh, tannic, and coarse'
  33. 'After days without respite from the coarse gruel and dairy produce that was the usual fare of a herdsman, I was more than ready for some good meat.'
  34. 'It was Julian, the urchin who had once served the coarse wine in The Oranges bar.'
  35. 'The Romans considered the leek a superior vegetable, unlike onions and garlic which were despised as coarse foods for the poor.'
  36. 'This is just as well; the coarse meat of a big, ‘wormy’ drum makes poor table fare.'
(of a person or their speech) rude or vulgar.
  1. 'indecent language and coarse jests'
  2. 'You are never coarse or vulgar, and people who display such traits offend you.'
  3. 'She had become like all the other strong, hard, coarse women of poor households.'
  4. 'This created peer pressure and the cultivation of rough manners, coarse language and status symbols like the body tattoos.'
  5. 'A maid hurries towards the coarse fellow with the bowl of charcoal used as a pipe-lighter.'
  6. 'He was far too coarse and obvious to make that necessary, wasn't he?'
  7. 'I heard some laughing, like a thick coarse chuckle.'
  8. 'To such as these the everyday language of the factory workers will sound shocking, and their general behaviour appear coarse and vulgar, but it is not so in reality.'
  9. 'The ogres, unable to see her, began to look around, still roaring and shouting in their coarse speech.'
  10. 'These treasure hunters were coarse and greedy types whose only intention was plunder.'
  11. 'There are no smiles of a summer night here as Mozart's warm human comedy degenerates into an ugly, coarse sex farce.'
Relating to the sport of angling for coarse fish.
  1. 'The Internet has made a huge difference to acquiring information on many subjects, including angling, and the coarse anglers over here have their own club and national sites on the Net.'
  2. 'The fixed spool reel is the most versatile reel in coarse fishing and as such is the most popular reel.'
  3. 'Once the river levels were back to a fishable condition, coarse and game anglers experienced some good fishing.'
  4. 'Indeed, sections of the Grand Canal have some of the best coarse angling in the country.'
  5. 'Anglers can also enjoy the open spaces and easy access to excellent coarse fishing.'
  6. 'Many more anglers are now going out fly fishing for the coarse and sea fish species.'
  7. 'Angling, both fly-fishing and coarse fishing, is governed by intricate rules, which justify the catch as the end-point of a contest.'
  8. 'I should stress at this point that my own interest is in coarse fishing on lakes and rivers and all that I write here is done so with this in mind.'
  9. 'You can also increase your catch numbers by copying our coarse fishing colleagues and employing swim feeders.'
  10. 'Even if you are a coarse angler these fish are a sight not to be missed.'


1. composed of relatively large parts or particles: The beach had rough, coarse sand.

2. lacking in fineness or delicacy of texture, structure, etc.: The stiff, coarse fabric irritated her skin.

3. harsh; grating.

4. lacking delicacy, taste, or refinement; unpolished: He had coarse manners but an absolutely first-rate mind.

5. of inferior or faulty quality; common; base.

6. vulgar; obscene; crude: His coarse language angered us.

7. (of metals) unr

More examples(as adjective)

"scales can be coarse for assessments."

"plates can be coarse on surfaces."

"people can be coarse in conversations."

"grains can be coarse."

"items can be coarse."

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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘ordinary or inferior’): origin uncertain; until the 17th century identical in spelling with course, and possibly derived from the latter in the sense ‘ordinary manner’.