- to pass over lightly or without due mention or consideration (often followed by over): The report slurred over her contribution to the enterprise.
- to pronounce (a syllable, word, etc.) indistinctly by combining, reducing, or omitting sounds, as in hurried or careless utterance.
- to cast aspersions on; calumniate; disparage; depreciate: The candidate was viciously slurred by his opponent.
- to sing to a single syllable or play without a break (two or more tones of different pitch).
- to mark with a slur.
- Chiefly British Dialect. to smirch, sully, or stain.
- to read, speak, or sing hurriedly and carelessly.
- a slurred utterance or sound.
- a disparaging remark or a slight: quick to take offense at a slur;an ethnic slur against people of Irish descent.
- a blot or stain, as upon reputation: a slur on his good name.
- the combination of two or more tones of different pitch, sung to a single syllable or played without a break.
- a curved mark indicating this.
- Printing. a spot that is blurred or unclear as a result of paper, plate, or blanket slippage.
Origin of slur
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Examples from the Web for slurred
“I was a nobody there,” Sisler insisted in a telephone interview, during which he slurred his words and acknowledged he was drunk.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
When he slurred and smelled of alcohol, they ordered him out of the car for sobriety tests.The U.S. Veteran and Wisconsin Boy Who Went to Fight ISIS in Syria
October 3, 2014
The shooting left Brady with slurred speech, and with partial paralysis, which required him to use a wheelchair.Jim Brady, Reagan’s Gentle ‘Bear’ Who Roared Back to Life After Being Shot
August 4, 2014
It's remarkable, too, that during his delivery, Lou showed no significant signs of slurred speech, often so characteristic of ALS.The Stacks: The Day Lou Gehrig Delivered Baseball’s Gettysburg Address
July 4, 2014
“We could see he looked rough, from the way he held his body and slurred some of his words,” the official said.The Real Reason the U.S. Didn’t Rescue Bowe Bergdahl
June 5, 2014
"Say, you fellows down there," he cried in the smooth, slurred Ganymedan speech.Pirates of the Gorm
Hitherto Meg's experience had been that it was a thing to be slurred over, like a deformity.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
The words were not slurred, but they were in a language Gefty didn't know.The Winds of Time
James H. Schmitz
Reed slurred over most of the details of the accident, even now.The Brentons
Anna Chapin Ray
The preacher must have slurred that, and got on quickly to the wings of the dove.Highways and Byways in Surrey
- (often foll by over) to treat superficially, hastily, or without due deliberation; gloss
- (also intr) to pronounce or utter (words, etc) indistinctly
- to speak disparagingly of or cast aspersions on
- music to execute (a melodic interval of two or more notes) smoothly, as in legato performance
- (also intr) to blur or smear
- archaic to stain or smear; sully
- an indistinct sound or utterance
- a slighting remark; aspersion
- a stain or disgrace, as upon one's reputation; stigma
- a performance or execution of a melodic interval of two or more notes in a part
- the curved line (⌢ or ⌣) indicating this
- a blur or smear
Word Origin and History for slurred
"deliberate slight, disparaging or slighting remark," c.1600, from dialectal slur "thin or fluid mud," from Middle English slore (mid-15c.), cognate with Middle Low German sluren, Middle Dutch sloren "to trail in mud." Related to East Frisian sluren "to go about carelessly," Norwegian slora "to be careless." Literal sense of "a mark, stain, smear" is from 1660s in English. The musical sense (1746) is from the notion of "sliding." Meaning "act or habit of slurring" in speech is from 1882.
c.1600, "smear, soil by smearing," from slur (n.). Meaning "disparage depreciate" is from 1650s. In music, from 1746; of speech, from 1893. Related: Slurred; slurring.