blur·​ry | \ ˈblər-ē How to pronounce blurry (audio) \
blurrier; blurriest

Definition of blurry

: lacking definition or focus

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Other Words from blurry

blurrily \ ˈblər-​ə-​lē How to pronounce blurrily (audio) \ adverb
blurriness \ ˈblər-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce blurriness (audio) \ noun

Examples of blurry in a Sentence

a blurry image in the foreground of the photograph

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Even the smallest amount of exposure can cause blurry vision or temporary blindness. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Total solar eclipse moves across South America today," 2 July 2019 Sometimes those images were blurry or were not sent at all, the lawsuit said. Christine Hauser, New York Times, "Utah Family Sues After Son With Diabetes Is Kept From School," 29 June 2019 The line between centralization and decentralization is often blurry, and deep questions about the flow and aggregation of information in these networks persist. Quanta Magazine, "Smarter Parts Make Collective Systems Too Stubborn," 26 Feb. 2019 Advocates say that the lines between discrimination and harassment can often be blurry and note that any law holding members accountable should tackle both. Li Zhou, Vox, "Congress’s recently passed sexual harassment bill, explained," 20 Dec. 2018 Usually, the first symptoms that appear are blurry or double vision, color distortion or blindness in one eye. Dave Quinn,, "Montel Williams Hospitalized 'Out of an Abundance of Caution' After 'He Overdid It' Exercising," 1 June 2018 The picture was blurry, but one of the figures in the background, Javed thought, looked a lot like Masood. Matthew Wolfe, Harper's magazine, "Without a Trace," 10 Feb. 2019 The videos are blurry but show staffers dragging three children on the ground and shoving a boy against a door. Astrid Galvan, The Seattle Times, "Workers seen dragging immigrant kids won’t be charged," 29 Mar. 2019 Sometimes, the lines can get pretty blurry and ~love~ can definitely cloud your judgment. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Are You Just Dating or in a Relationship?," 15 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of blurry

1757, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blurry was in 1757

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blur·​ry | \ ˈblər-ē How to pronounce blurry (audio) \
blurrier; blurriest

Kids Definition of blurry

: not in sharp focus The picture is blurry.

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to form ideas or theories about something

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