- The definition of a slur is a remark or action that can hurt someone's reputation.
An example of a slur is a man calling a young woman a slut in a crowded bar.
- Slur is defined as to speak unclearly, to speak quickly, or to not pronounce words distinctly.
An example of slur is a the way a very drunk person will talk.
- to pass over quickly and carelessly; make little of: often with over
- to pronounce rapidly and indistinctly, as by combining or dropping sounds
- Dialectal to stain, smirch, or sully
- to blur or smear, as in printing
- to disparage or discredit; cast aspersions on
- to sing or play (different and successive notes) by gliding from one to another without a break
- to mark (notes) with a slur
Origin: prob. from Middle Dutch sleuren, to drag, move slowly, trail inch(es) mud: for Indo-European base see slug
- the act or process of slurring
- something slurred, as a pronunciation
- a blot, stain, or smear
- any remark or action that harms or is meant to harm someone's reputation; aspersion, reproach, stigma, etc.
- a curved line written above or below two or more successive notes of different pitch that are to be sounded without a noticeable break
- a group of such notes
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transitive verb slurred slurred, slur·ring, slurs
- To pronounce indistinctly.
- To talk about disparagingly or insultingly.
- To pass over lightly or carelessly; treat without due consideration.
- Music a. To glide over (a series of notes) smoothly without a break.b. To mark with a slur.
- Printing To blur or smear.
- A disparaging remark; an aspersion.
- A slurred utterance or sound.
- Music a. A curved line connecting notes on a score to indicate that they are to be played or sung legato.b. A passage played or sung in this manner.
- Printing A smeared or blurred impression.
Origin: Probably from Middle English sloor, mud.