- 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 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
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
- (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 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.