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

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

to read, speak, or sing hurriedly and carelessly.


Nearby words

  1. slump test,
  2. slumpflation,
  3. slung,
  4. slung shot,
  5. slunk,
  6. slurb,
  7. slurp,
  8. slurry,
  9. slurve,
  10. slush

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

Examples from the Web for slurring

British Dictionary definitions for slurring


verb slurs, slurring or slurred (mainly tr)

(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
  1. a performance or execution of a melodic interval of two or more notes in a part
  2. the curved line (⌢ or ⌣) indicating this
a blur or smear

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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Word Origin and History for slurring
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