course and coarse - the difference

Coarse means rough or crude.
Most commonly, course means:

(1) a series of educational lessons (e.g., a French course).
(2) A direction (e.g., That's an odd course to take.)

More meanings below...

The words coarse and course sound identical, but their meanings are very different.


The adjective coarse means rough, crude, of low quality or not fine in texture.

coarse sand

coarse manners

Perch - a type of coarse fish (not as refined as trout or salmon, which are classified as game fish)


The word course has many meanings. It can be an adjective, noun or verb.
Education delivered in a series of lessons
  • I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia. (Woody Allen)
  • English course.

Also, the students who attend
  • You have been an excellent course.

A direction.
  • A southerly course.
  • The river changed course.

A series of events.
  • The government took an unexpected course.
  • A course of action.

To move (of liquids and ships).
  • The German ships coursed the Baltic.
  • The stream coursed through the peat bog.

Part of a meal.
  • We'ren having a three-course meal. The first course is white bait or mussels.

To hunt with dogs.
  • Hare coursing. To course after hares.

  • of course

Area of land (or water) for sport.
  • Golf course.
  • Skiing course.

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The British word arse is quite vulgar. In fact, it is coarse.  It can, however, serve as a reminder for the meaning of coarse.

arse ass

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