coarse

coarsely, adv.coarseness, n.
/kawrs, kohrs/, adj., coarser, coarsest.
1. composed of relatively large parts or particles: The beach had rough, coarse sand.
2. lacking in fineness or delicacy of texture, structure, etc.: The stiff, coarse fabric irritated her skin.
3. harsh; grating.
4. lacking delicacy, taste, or refinement; unpolished: He had coarse manners but an absolutely first-rate mind.
5. of inferior or faulty quality; common; base.
6. vulgar; obscene; crude: His coarse language angered us.
7. (of metals) unrefined.
8. (of a metal file) having the maximum commercial grade of coarseness.
[1550-60; earlier cors(e), course, cowarce; of obscure orig.]
Syn. 2, 4. crude, rude, rough. 4. vulgar, gross, crass. 6. indelicate.
Ant. 4. refined, sensitive.

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