- 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.
transitive verbslurred, slurring
- 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 of slurprobably ; from Middle Dutch sleuren, to drag, move slowly, trail in 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
transitive verbslurred 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 of slurProbably from Middle English sloor, mud.
- An insult or slight.
- a racial slur
- (music) A set of notes that are played legato, without separate articulation.
- (music) The symbol indicating a legato passage, written as an arc over the slurred notes (not to be confused with a tie).
- In knitting machines, a device for depressing the sinkers successively by passing over them.
(third-person singular simple present slurs, present participle slurring, simple past and past participle slurred)
- To insult or slight.
- To run together; to articulate poorly.
- to slur syllables
- He slurs his speech when he is drunk.
- (music) To play legato or without separate articulation; to connect (notes) smoothly.
- To soil; to sully; to contaminate; to disgrace.
- To cover over; to disguise; to conceal; to pass over lightly or with little notice.
- To cheat, as by sliding a die; to trick.
- (printing, dated) To blur or double, as an impression from type; to mackle.
From Middle English slore. Compare Old Norse slóðra (“to drag oneself along”). Cognate with Middle Low German sluren (“to trail in mud”). Related to dialect Norwegian sløra (“to be careless, to scamp, dawdle”), Danish sløre (“to wobble, be loose”) (especially for wheels).