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Meaning & Definition of Slur in English

English

Slur

/slər/

noun

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

    synonym:
  • slur

2. A disparaging remark

  • "In the 19th century any reference to female sexuality was considered a vile aspersion"
  • "It is difficult for a woman to understand a man's sensitivity to any slur on his virility"
    synonym:
  • aspersion
  • ,
  • slur

3. A blemish made by dirt

  • "He had a smudge on his cheek"
    synonym:
  • smudge
  • ,
  • spot
  • ,
  • blot
  • ,
  • daub
  • ,
  • smear
  • ,
  • smirch
  • ,
  • slur

verb

1. Play smoothly or legato

  • "The pianist slurred the most beautiful passage in the sonata"
    synonym:
  • slur

2. Speak disparagingly of

  • E.g., make a racial slur
  • "Your comments are slurring your co-workers"
    synonym:
  • slur

3. Utter indistinctly

    synonym:
  • slur

4. Become vague or indistinct

  • "The distinction between the two theories blurred"
    synonym:
  • blur
  • ,
  • dim
  • ,
  • slur