\ ˈblər How to pronounce blur (audio) \

Definition of blur

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a smear or stain that obscures
2 : something vaguely or indistinctly perceived The words are just a blur without his glasses. The whole weekend is a blur to me. especially : something moving or occurring too quickly to be clearly seen passed by in a blur of motion


blurred; blurring

Definition of blur (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to obscure or blemish by smearing windows blurred by fingerprints
2 : sully … an act that blurs the grace and blush of modesty.— Shakespeare
3 : to make dim, indistinct, or vague in outline or character His vision was blurred. digitally blur the edges of photographs blurring the line between fact and fiction
4 : to make cloudy or confused time had begun to blur her senses— W. A. White

intransitive verb

1a : to make blurs … the moths tapped and blurred at the window screen …— R. P. Warren
b : move too quickly to be seen clearly … it's like the … ride of a traveling carnival, with eerie lights and sharp turns on the rails and the odd unsettling image that blurs past you.— Adrian McKinty
2 : to become vague or indistinct distinctions between the two are beginning to blur

Other Words from blur


blurringly \ ˈblər-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce blur (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for blur

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of blur in a Sentence

Verb The tears in my eyes blurred the words on the page. His novel is based on historical occurrences but it blurs the line between fact and fiction. The two events have blurred together in my mind.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But Anakin left so fast that Obi-Wan only caught the blur of his dark cloak on the way out. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, 4 May 2022 The bulk of those piled up during the season-opening series and change, though. Forget the blur of numbers, though. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Apr. 2022 Looking back at the blur of the last year and a half, a few moments jump out as so strange and yet so emblematic of our pandemic experience. Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2021 In a blur of weighty woolen overcoats, shaggy knee-high boots and animal-horn accessories, looks inspired by Mongolian and Tibetan cultures flashed on screen against a backdrop of colorful patterned rugs. CNN, 5 Apr. 2022 In a blur of inspiration, Isabelle wrote the 90-page script in just four days, around the time the pandemic was shutting much of public life down. Matt Wake |, al, 21 Mar. 2022 So much of what happened after that is still a blur. ELLE, 5 Apr. 2022 What’s less of a blur, however, was the virulent hostility Dunham seemed to evoke from the moment Girls hit the air — and which still hasn’t let up, more than a decade later. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Jan. 2022 But the moments after the thrilling win were probably more of a blur for Bennett, who was photographed shotgunning an expensive bottle of Kentucky's Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 23 Year Old Bourbon Whiskey after the game. Reina Kempt, The Courier-Journal, 12 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To what extent does the collection blur the boundaries between wearable art and fine art? Kate Matthams, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Shoot against clean backgrounds or blur out the background. oregonlive, 4 May 2022 The camera lingers on them and gives us views of the scene from them at every opportunity, burying important but no longer novel ideas about truth, artifice, and how cameras blur the lines between them under several layers of showy reflexivity. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 25 Apr. 2022 The urge to blur lines may best be exemplified by collaborations between streetwear and indie restaurants. Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2022 One key thing the pandemic and the resulting work-from-home model have done is blur—and in many cases eliminate—the separation between work and life. Michael Held, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 In Leifheit’s images, go-go dancers under red stage lights blur into luminescent shadows. Jack Parlett, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2022 Entertainers occupy a curious position where the lines between worker and owner sometimes blur. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2022 While some people love full-coverage matte foundations that can help blur pores, others can’t get enough of a light-to-medium coverage foundation with a radiant, glowing finish. Cristina Montemayor, SELF, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of blur


1519, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1520, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for blur

Noun and Verb

perhaps akin to Middle English bleren to blear

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22 May 2022

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\ ˈblər How to pronounce blur (audio) \

Kids Definition of blur

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that cannot be seen clearly The ball was moving so fast, all I saw was a blur.
2 : something that is difficult to remember By now, my summer vacation is a blur.


blurred; blurring

Kids Definition of blur (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make unclear or hard to see or remember Adjusting the lenses just blurred the image further.
2 : to make or become unclear or confused Time only blurred his memory of the incident.

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