coarse

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Etymology[edit]

Adjectival use of course that diverged in spelling in the 18th century. The sense developed from '(following) the usual course' (cf. of course) to 'ordinary, common' to 'lacking refinement', with 'not fine, granular' arising from its application to cloth. Compare the development of mean.

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coarse (comparative coarser, superlative coarsest)

  1. With a rough texture; not smooth.
  2. Composed of large particles.
    coarse sand
  3. Lacking refinement, taste or delicacy.
    coarse manners
    coarse language
    • 1791, John Walker, A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary [] [1], London: Sold by G. G. J. and J. Robinſon, Paternoſter Row; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, OCLC 37805775, page 211:
      ☞ This word [earth] is liable to a coarſe vulgar pronunciation, as if written Urth; []
  4. (archaic, of a metal) Unrefined.
  5. Of inferior quality.
    (Can we add an example for this sense?)

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  • (of inferior quality): fine

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