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slur·​ry ˈslər-ē How to pronounce slurry (audio)
plural slurries
: a watery mixture of insoluble matter (such as mud, lime, or plaster of paris)


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slurried; slurrying

transitive verb

: to convert into a slurry

Examples of slurry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Add the tomato paste, chipotles, cumin, coriander, paprika and cloves; stir to make a slurry and toast the spices, about 1 minute more. Lynda Balslev, The Mercury News, 19 Feb. 2024 The law also requires companies to complete repairs more quickly and to perform comprehensive asphalt overlays more frequently, instead of the less aggressive slurry seal fixes now typically required after trenching. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Jan. 2024 The soup can be made gluten-free by leaving out the flour and thickening with a cornstarch slurry, or by using rice as a thickener. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 19 Sep. 2023 Mash a few of the beans or add a cornstarch slurry for a thicker texture if desired. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 1 Dec. 2023 Nobody seems to know what goes into the data slurry, and there is no way to oversee or control it. Alice Marwick, WIRED, 24 Aug. 2023 That’s why for decades Hollywood directors and special effects artists figured out a slurry of tricks to make movie magic with the white stuff. Daniel Wolfe, Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2023 But our conversations surfaced a slurry of contradictions. Ethan Brooks, The Atlantic, 14 Dec. 2023 Hoffmann got the idea after hearing about another local open-water swimmer, a woman named Joan, who swam a circle in a slurry mix of ice and water one morning. The New Yorker, 6 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History



Middle English slory

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of slurry was in the 15th century

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“Slurry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition


plural slurries
: a watery mixture of insoluble matter

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