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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Probably from course '(ordinary) way (of things)'


Related topics: Textures, Sounds
1 having a rough surface that feels slightly hard [= rough; ≠ smooth]:
a jacket of coarse wool
2CS consisting of threads or parts that are thick or large [≠ fine]:
The coarse sand was hot and rough under her feet.
tufts of coarse grass
3 talking in a rude and offensive way, especially about sex [= crude]:
coarse jokes
coarsely adverb:
coarsely ground black pepper
coarseness noun [uncountable]

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