slur


1slur

noun \ˈslər\

Definition of SLUR

1
a :  an insulting or disparaging remark or innuendo :  aspersion
b :  a shaming or degrading effect :  stain, stigma
2
:  a blurred spot in printed matter :  smudge

Origin of SLUR

obsolete English dialect slur thin mud, from Middle English sloor; akin to Middle High German slier mud
First Known Use: 1609

2slur

verb
slurredslur·ring

Definition of SLUR

transitive verb
1
:  to cast aspersions on :  disparage <slurred his reputation>
2
:  to make indistinct :  obscure
intransitive verb
:  to slip so as to cause a slur —used of a sheet being printed

First Known Use of SLUR

1660

3slur

verb
slurredslur·ring

Definition of SLUR

transitive verb
1
a :  to slide or slip over without due mention, consideration, or emphasis <slurred over certain facts>
b :  to perform hurriedly :  skimp <let him not slur his lesson — R. W. Emerson>
2
:  to perform (successive tones of different pitch) in a smooth or connected manner
3
a :  to reduce, make a substitution for, or omit (sounds that would normally occur in an utterance)
b :  to utter with such reduction, substitution, or omission of sounds <his speech was slurred>
intransitive verb
1
dialect chiefly English :  slip, slide
2
:  drag, shuffle

Origin of SLUR

probably from Low German slurrn to shuffle; akin to Middle English sloor mud
First Known Use: 1660

4slur

noun

Definition of SLUR

1
a :  a curved line connecting notes to be sung to the same syllable or performed without a break
b :  the combination of two or more slurred tones
2
:  a slurring manner of speech

First Known Use of SLUR

circa 1801

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

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