General English

  • adjective consisting of large pieces
  • adjective rough and hard
  • adjective rude


  • adjective referring to a particle or feature which is larger than others


  • adjective referring to paper which has a rough surface
  • adjective referring to a screen with wide spaces between the lines


Origin & History of “coarse”

For such an everyday word, the origins of coarse are surprisingly clouded. It first appears in the forms corse or course, and meaning ‘ordinary, everyday’, which has led to speculation that it is an application of the noun course, in the sense ‘the ordinary run of things, the usual practice’; however, not all etymologists accept this. The modern spelling coarse became established in the 18th century.