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 slurring
The slurring of relationships and transactions has effects ranging from the gruesome to the melancholy.Meet The Former Call Girl Saving Hookers For Jesus|Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig|July 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Shawn and Shelley sat in the sun at the pool until Jerry Lee came out, looking mean and slurring his words.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis|Richard Ben Cramer|January 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He did not appear drunk in any obvious weaving, slurring way.Tina Brown: No, Conspiracy Theorists, Princess Diana Was Not Murdered|Tina Brown|August 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It turns out that as a slurring, stumbling Weeble Wobble of a trophy wife, Akerman really shines.Fall-Winter TV Preview: Snap Judgments of 2013–14’s New Shows|Jace Lacob, Kevin Fallon|July 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Slurring her words and stumbling on her delivery, people wondered aloud if, gasp, Sawyer was drunk on air.
Her lovely, slurring, Blue-grass voice made the whole company smile with pleasure.Blue-grass and Broadway|Maria Thompson Daviess
The Laird owned many ships, and he noted the slurring of the "sir" as only an old sailor can slur it.Kindred of the Dust|Peter B. Kyne
But it was novel to me to find an entire class deliberately loafing and shirking and slurring on principle.John Marvel, Assistant|Thomas Nelson Page
“There was always a camptender and a sheepherder or two about,” Toomey answered with slurring significance.The Fighting Shepherdess |Caroline Lockhart
No slurring of wrong so that it may look like an exalted right.The Heritage of the Sioux|B.M. Bower
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.