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English definition of “coarse”

coarse

adjective uk   /kɔːs/ us    /kɔːrs/

coarse adjective (ROUGH)

rough and not smooth or soft, or not in very small pieces: coarse sand/breadcrumbs Linen is a coarse-grained fabric.Rough, irregular and uneven

coarse adjective (RUDE)

rude and offensive: a coarse joke coarse languageRude and cheekyRelating to sex and sexual desire
coarsely
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Rude and cheekyRelating to sex and sexual desire
coarseness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
The coarseness of the cloth irritated her skin. I can't stand his coarseness and stupidity.Rude and cheekyRelating to sex and sexual desireRough, irregular and uneven
(Definition of coarse from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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