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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kawrs, kohrs]
    • /kɔrs, koʊrs/
    • /kɔːs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kawrs, kohrs]
    • /kɔrs, koʊrs/

Definitions of coarse word

  • adjective coarse Coarse things have a rough texture because they consist of thick threads or large pieces. 3
  • adjective coarse If you describe someone as coarse, you mean that he or she talks and behaves in a rude and offensive way. 3
  • adjective coarse rough in texture, structure, etc; not fine 3
  • adjective coarse lacking refinement or taste; indelicate; vulgar 3
  • adjective coarse of inferior quality; not pure or choice 3
  • adjective coarse (of a metal) not refined 3

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Origin of coarse

First appearance:

before 1550
One of the 31% oldest English words
First recorded in 1550-60; earlier cors(e), course, cowarce; of obscure origin

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Coarse


coarse popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 97% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

coarse usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for coarse

adj coarse

  • boorish — Boorish behaviour is rough, uneducated, and rude.
  • rude — discourteous or impolite, especially in a deliberate way: a rude reply.
  • gruff — low and harsh; hoarse: a gruff voice.
  • ribald — vulgar or indecent in speech, language, etc.; coarsely mocking, abusive, or irreverent; scurrilous.
  • vulgar — characterized by ignorance of or lack of good breeding or taste: vulgar ostentation.

adjective coarse

  • bristly — Bristly hair is thick and rough.
  • uneven — not level or flat; rough; rugged: The wheels bumped and jolted over the uneven surface.
  • abrasive — Someone who has an abrasive manner is unkind and rude.
  • stiff — rigid or firm; difficult or impossible to bend or flex: a stiff collar.
  • thick — having relatively great extent from one surface or side to the opposite; not thin: a thick slice.

adverb coarse

  • ferine — feral1 .
  • beastly — If you describe something as beastly, you mean that it is very unpleasant.
  • swinish — like or befitting swine; hoggish.

Antonyms for coarse

adj coarse

  • polite — showing good manners toward others, as in behavior, speech, etc.; courteous; civil: a polite reply.
  • kind — of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person.
  • pleasant — pleasing, agreeable, or enjoyable; giving pleasure: pleasant news.
  • chaste — If you describe a person or their behaviour as chaste, you mean that they do not have sex with anyone, or they only have sex with their husband or wife.
  • moral — of, relating to, or concerned with the principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong; ethical: moral attitudes.

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