Webster 1913 Edition
[As this word was anciently written
cours, it may be an abbreviation of
of course, in the common manner of proceeding, common, and hence, homely, made for common domestic use, plain, rude, rough, gross, e. g., “Though the threads be
Large in bulk, or composed of large parts or particles; of inferior quality or appearance; not fine in material or close in texture; gross; thick; rough; – opposed to
Not refined; rough; rude; unpolished; gross; indelicate;
coarsemetal ye are molded.
Syn. – Large; thick; rough; gross; blunt; uncouth; unpolished; inelegant; indelicate; vulgar.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Thick; large or gross in bulk; comparatively of large diameter; as coarse thread or yarn; coarse hair; coarse sand. This seems to be the primary sense of the word; opposed to fine or slender. Hence,
2.Thick; rough; or made of coarse thread or yarn; as coarse cloth.
3.Not refined; not separated from grosser particles, or impurities; as coarse metal; coarse glass.
4.Rude; rough; unrefined; uncivil; as coarse manners.
5.Gross; not delicate.
The coarser tie of human law.
6.Rude; rough; unpolished; inelegant; applied to language.
7.Not nicely expert; not accomplished by art or education; as a coarse practitioner.
8.Mean; not nice; not refined or elegant; as a coarse perfume; a coarse diet.