Other forms: slurred; slurs; slurring

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."

Definitions of slur
  1. verb
    utter indistinctly
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    mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    express in speech
  2. verb
    become vague or indistinct
    synonyms: blur, dim
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    focalise, focalize, focus
    become focussed or come into focus
    efface, obliterate
    remove completely from recognition or memory
    type of:
    become weaker
  3. noun
    an utterance or way of speaking in which words run together
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    utterance, vocalization
    the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication
  4. verb
    play smoothly or legato
    “the pianist slurred the most beautiful passage in the sonata”
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    type of:
    play, spiel
    replay (as a melody)
  5. noun
    (music) a curved line spanning notes that are to be played legato
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    (music) a curved line over two notes of the same pitch; indicates that the note is to be sustained for their combined time value
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    musical notation
    (music) notation used by musicians
  6. verb
    speak disparagingly of; e.g., make a racial slur
    “your comments are slurring your co-workers”
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    denote, refer
    have as a meaning
  7. noun
    a disparaging remark
    synonyms: aspersion
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    ethnic slur
    a slur on someone's race or language
    type of:
    depreciation, derogation, disparagement
    a communication that belittles somebody or something
  8. noun
    a blemish made by dirt
    synonyms: blot, daub, smear, smirch, smudge, spot
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    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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