A slur is an insulting remark. In a political campaign, it’s not unheard of for a candidate to launch a slur at her opponent, though doing so is usually frowned upon.

Slur can also be used as a verb meaning “to insult,” and it has a number of additional meanings as well. To slur one’s speech is to pronounce words in a clumsy, lazy way. In the context of music, to slur is to slide smoothly from one note to another. The word history of slur is hazy, but some scholars have suggested a relationship with a Dutch word meaning "to drag."

Primary Meanings of slur

utter indistinctly
(music) a curved line spanning notes that are to be played legato
speak disparagingly of; e.g., make a racial slur
a disparaging remark
Full Definitions of slur

v utter indistinctly

Type of:
mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
express in speech

v become vague or indistinct

blur, dim
focalise, focalize, focus
become focussed or come into focus
efface, obliterate
remove completely from recognition or memory
Type of:
become weaker

v play smoothly or legato

“the pianist slurred the most beautiful passage in the sonata”
Type of:
play, spiel
replay (as a melody)

n (music) a curved line spanning notes that are to be played legato

(music) a slur over two notes of the same pitch; indicates that the note is to be sustained for their combined time value
Type of:
musical notation
(music) notation used by musicians

v speak disparagingly of; e.g., make a racial slur

“your comments are slurring your co-workers”
Type of:
denote, refer
have as a meaning

n a disparaging remark

“it is difficult for a woman to understand a man's sensitivity to any slur on his virility”
ethnic slur
a slur on someone's race or language
Type of:
depreciation, derogation, disparagement
a communication that belittles somebody or something

n a blemish made by dirt

blot, daub, smear, smirch, smudge, spot
blotch, splodge, splotch
an irregularly shaped spot
fingermark, fingerprint
a smudge made by a (dirty) finger
a blot made with ink
Type of:
blemish, defect, mar
a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)

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