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
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|Evan Weiner|June 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Also, horrible-person-check yourself, which means NO use of the n-word, the f-word—any slur, really.
Cooper added: “If Alec Baldwin had yelled the n-word to that photographer, or yelled some anti-Jewish slur, it would be over!”
It'd be a challenge to find a kid with a disability who hasn't had that slur thrown his or her way.
It seems like only yesterday that people who cited Hagel's past views and comments were accused of practicing a politics of slur.
Laure was the only one of Mazarin's nieces on whom there is no slur.Court Beauties of Old Whitehall|W. R. H. Trowbridge
She said it with a slur of the word gentleman which was more contemptuous than any emphasis, and walked slowly on.Little Dorrit|Charles Dickens
Mr. Jack Jones stentoriously resented this slur upon their taste.
I was fairly dumfounded, and thought perhaps he was casting a slur, as I had been doing considerable talking.Twenty Years of Hus'ling|J. P. Johnston
It is no slur at the patriotism of our troops to say that they would fight better for such a splendid inducement as we hold out.
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.