[ slur ]
/ slɜr /

verb (used with object), slurred, slur·ring.

verb (used without object), slurred, slur·ring.

to read, speak, or sing hurriedly and carelessly.


Origin of slur

1595–1605; apparently of multiple orig.; in senses referring to a gliding or smooth transition, compare Low German slurren to shuffle, Dutch sleuren to trail, drag; in senses referring to a smirch or stain, compare Middle Dutch slore (Dutch sloor) sluttish woman

Related forms

un·slurred, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for slur


/ (slɜː) /

verb slurs, slurring or slurred (mainly tr)


Word Origin for slur

C15: probably from Middle Low German; compare Middle Low German slūren to drag, trail, Middle Dutch sloren, Dutch sleuren
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