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.
SYNONYMS FOR slur
THINK YOU’VE GOT A HANDLE ON THIS US STATE NICKNAME QUIZ?
Origin of slur
OTHER WORDS FROM slurun·slurred, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for slur
I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back.
In one case, a man sent her a text reply to a campaign message with a racial slur, claimed to be a Vietnam war veteran and said he would bring an AK-47 rifle to the polls to “take care of her.”Women Politicians Across the County Say They’ve Faced Harassment, Threats|Kayla Jimenez|November 9, 2020|Voice of San Diego
“I was a nobody there,” Sisler insisted in a telephone interview, during which he slurred his words and acknowledged he was drunk.
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|Jacob Siegel|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Eleanor Clift|August 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Ray Robinson|July 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“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|Kimberly Dozier|June 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This ceremony, as may be surmised, was by no means slurred over without due rejoicing.Orley Farm|Anthony Trollope
Anthony slurred over the greater question by tactfully emphasizing the lesser.Glory of Youth|Temple Bailey
So long as it was supposed that all women descended from Eve, the difficulty might be slurred over by the name of heredity.
Her voice slurred over from the question to her next outburst.Molly Brown's Junior Days|Nell Speed
Very occasionally three, in cases where one of the syllables can be slurred away in pronunciation.The Oxford Book of Latin Verse|Various
British Dictionary definitions for slur
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