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slur

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noun \ˈslər\

Definition of slur

  1. 1a :  an insulting or disparaging remark or innuendo :  aspersionb :  a shaming or degrading effect :  stain, stigma

  2. 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

Rhymes with slur


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slur

verb

Definition of slur

slurredslurring

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cast aspersions on :  disparage <slurred his reputation>

  3. 2 :  to make indistinct :  obscure

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to slip so as to cause a slur —used of a sheet being printed



1660

First Known Use of slur

1660


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slur

verb

Definition of slur

slurredslurring

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  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>

  3. 2 :  to perform (successive tones of different pitch) in a smooth or connected manner

  4. 3a :  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>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 dial chiefly English :  slip, slide

  7. 2 :  drag, shuffle



Origin of slur

probably from Low German slurrn to shuffle; akin to Middle English sloor mud


First Known Use: 1660


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slur

noun

Definition of slur

  1. 1a :  a curved line connecting notes to be sung to the same syllable or performed without a breakb :  the combination of two or more slurred tones

  2. 2 :  a slurring manner of speech



Circa 1801

First Known Use of slur

circa 1801


SLUR Defined for Kids

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slur

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noun \ˈslər\

Definition of slur for Students

  1. :  an insulting remark




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slur

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verb

Definition of slur for Students

slurredslurring

  1. :  to speak in a way that is difficult to understand




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slur

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noun

Definition of slur for Students

  1. :  a way of talking that is difficult to understand





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