verb (used with object), slurred, slur·ring.
- to sing to a single syllable or play without a break (two or more tones of different pitch).
- to mark with a slur.
verb (used without object), slurred, slur·ring.
- 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.
Origin of slur
Synonyms for slur
Antonyms for slur
Related Words for slurinnuendo, accusation, put-down, smear, garble, mispronounce, animadversion, disgrace, dump, aspersion, slam, rap, stigma, obloquy, blot, stricture, discredit, blur, stain, insinuation
Examples from the Web for slur
Contemporary Examples of slur
One slur is not good, while another is fine because the league has not lost any money in a consumer boycott of the name.Mark Cuban Warns That Basketball Players Could Get the Sterling Treatment Next
June 3, 2014
Also, horrible-person-check yourself, which means NO use of the n-word, the f-word—any slur, really.15 Achievable New Year’s Resolutions
Kelly Williams Brown
December 31, 2013
Cooper added: “If Alec Baldwin had yelled the n-word to that photographer, or yelled some anti-Jewish slur, it would be over!”Should MSNBC Fire Alec Baldwin and Martin Bashir?
November 23, 2013
It'd be a challenge to find a kid with a disability who hasn't had that slur thrown his or her way.What Hawking and Jerusalem Day Have in Common
May 13, 2013
It seems like only yesterday that people who cited Hagel's past views and comments were accused of practicing a politics of slur.Is There Anything Chuck Hagel Won't Say?
January 9, 2013
Historical Examples of slur
He had not forgotten the slur of the captain and had spirit enough to resent it.A Waif of the Mountains
Edward S. Ellis
The face of the American flushed at the slur, but he held himself in hand.Up the Forked River
Edward Sylvester Ellis
There was the slur of Flagg about his slack efficiency in meeting the schemes of Craig.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
"Your words are hardly worthy of you, Fred," replied Jack, hurt at the slur.Two Boys in Wyoming
Edward S. Ellis
In one case, where Mark has a slur on physicians, Luke eliminates it.Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
verb slurs, slurring or slurred (mainly tr)
- a performance or execution of a melodic interval of two or more notes in a part
- the curved line (⌢ or ⌣) indicating this
Word Origin for slur
"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.