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slur

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 and Etymology of slur

obsolete English dialect slur thin mud, from Middle English sloor; akin to Middle High German slier mud


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slur

verb

Definition of slur

slurred; slurring
1 : to cast aspersions on : disparage
  • slurred his reputation
2 : to make indistinct : obscure
: to slip so as to cause a slur used of a sheet being printed

First Known Use of slur

1660

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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slur

verb

Definition of slur

slurred; slurring
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
1 dialectal, chiefly England : slip, slide
2 : drag, shuffle

Origin and Etymology of slur

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


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slur

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

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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SLUR Defined for Kids

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slur

noun \ ˈslər \

Definition of slur for Students

: an insulting remark

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slur

verb

Definition of slur for Students

slurred; slurring
: to speak in a way that is difficult to understand

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slur

noun

Definition of slur for Students

: a way of talking that is difficult to understand


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