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slur

 (slûr)
tr.v. slurred, slur·ring, slurs
1. To pronounce indistinctly.
2. To talk about disparagingly or insultingly.
3. To pass over lightly or carelessly; treat without due consideration.
4. Music
a. To glide over (a series of notes) smoothly without a break.
b. To mark with a slur.
5. Printing To blur or smear.
n.
1. A disparaging remark; an aspersion.
2. A slurred utterance or sound.
3. Music
a. A curved line connecting notes on a score to indicate that they are to be played or sung legato.
b. A passage played or sung in this manner.
4. Printing A smeared or blurred impression.

[Probably from Middle English sloor, mud.]

slur

(slɜː)
vb (mainly tr) , slurs, slurring or slurred
1. (often foll by over) to treat superficially, hastily, or without due deliberation; gloss
2. (also intr) to pronounce or utter (words, etc) indistinctly
3. to speak disparagingly of or cast aspersions on
4. (Music, other) music to execute (a melodic interval of two or more notes) smoothly, as in legato performance
5. (also intr) to blur or smear
6. archaic to stain or smear; sully
n
7. an indistinct sound or utterance
8. a slighting remark; aspersion
9. a stain or disgrace, as upon one's reputation; stigma
10. (Music, other) music
a. a performance or execution of a melodic interval of two or more notes in a part
b. the curved line (⌣ or ⌢) indicating this
11. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a blur or smear
[C15: probably from Middle Low German; compare Middle Low German slūren to drag, trail, Middle Dutch sloren, Dutch sleuren]

slur

(slɜr)

v. slurred, slur•ring,
n. v.t.
1. to pronounce (a syllable, word, etc.) indistinctly by combining, reducing, or omitting sounds, as in hurried or careless utterance.
2. to pass over without due mention or consideration (often fol. by over).
3. to sing to a single syllable or play without a break (two or more tones of different pitch).
v.i.
4. to read, speak, or sing hurriedly and carelessly.
n.
5. a slurred utterance or sound.
6.
a. the combination of two or more tones of different pitch, sung to a single syllable or played without a break.
b. a curved mark indicating this.
[1590–95; perhaps akin to Low German slurren to shuffle, Dutch sleuren to trail, drag]

slur

(slɜr)

v. slurred, slur•ring,
n. v.t.
1. to insult or disparage.
n.
2. a disparaging remark; slight: quick to take offense at a slur.
3. a blot or stain, as upon reputation.
[1600–10; perhaps identical with late Middle English sloor mud, slime, of obscure orig.; compare slurry]

slur


Past participle: slurred
Gerund: slurring

Imperative
slur
slur
Present
I slur
you slur
he/she/it slurs
we slur
you slur
they slur
Preterite
I slurred
you slurred
he/she/it slurred
we slurred
you slurred
they slurred
Present Continuous
I am slurring
you are slurring
he/she/it is slurring
we are slurring
you are slurring
they are slurring
Present Perfect
I have slurred
you have slurred
he/she/it has slurred
we have slurred
you have slurred
they have slurred
Past Continuous
I was slurring
you were slurring
he/she/it was slurring
we were slurring
you were slurring
they were slurring
Past Perfect
I had slurred
you had slurred
he/she/it had slurred
we had slurred
you had slurred
they had slurred
Future
I will slur
you will slur
he/she/it will slur
we will slur
you will slur
they will slur
Future Perfect
I will have slurred
you will have slurred
he/she/it will have slurred
we will have slurred
you will have slurred
they will have slurred
Future Continuous
I will be slurring
you will be slurring
he/she/it will be slurring
we will be slurring
you will be slurring
they will be slurring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been slurring
you have been slurring
he/she/it has been slurring
we have been slurring
you have been slurring
they have been slurring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been slurring
you will have been slurring
he/she/it will have been slurring
we will have been slurring
you will have been slurring
they will have been slurring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been slurring
you had been slurring
he/she/it had been slurring
we had been slurring
you had been slurring
they had been slurring
Conditional
I would slur
you would slur
he/she/it would slur
we would slur
you would slur
they would slur
Past Conditional
I would have slurred
you would have slurred
he/she/it would have slurred
we would have slurred
you would have slurred
they would have slurred
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.slur - (music) a curved line spanning notes that are to be played legato
musical notation - (music) notation used by musicians
tie - (music) a slur over two notes of the same pitch; indicates that the note is to be sustained for their combined time value
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
2.slur - 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"
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
ethnic slur - a slur on someone's race or language
3.slur - a blemish made by dirtslur - a blemish made by dirt; "he had a smudge on his cheek"
blemish, mar, defect - a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body); "a facial blemish"
blotch, splodge, splotch - an irregularly shaped spot
fingermark, fingerprint - a smudge made by a (dirty) finger
inkblot - a blot made with ink
Verb1.slur - play smoothly or legato; "the pianist slurred the most beautiful passage in the sonata"
music - musical activity (singing or whistling etc.); "his music was his central interest"
spiel, play - replay (as a melody); "Play it again, Sam"; "She played the third movement very beautifully"
2.slur - speak disparagingly of; e.g., make a racial slur; "your comments are slurring your co-workers"
denote, refer - have as a meaning; "`multi-' denotes `many' "
3.slur - utter indistinctly
mouth, speak, talk, verbalise, verbalize, utter - express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"
4.slur - become vague or indistinct; "The distinction between the two theories blurred"
weaken - become weaker; "The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days"
efface, obliterate - remove completely from recognition or memory; "efface the memory of the time in the camps"
gloss over, skate over, skimp over, slur over, smooth over - treat hurriedly or avoid dealing with properly

slur

noun
1. insult, stain, smear, stigma, disgrace, discredit, blot, affront, innuendo, calumny, insinuation, aspersion, blot on your escutcheon yet another slur on the integrity of the police
verb
1. mumble, stammer, stutter, stumble over, falter, mispronounce, garble, speak unclearly He repeated himself and slurred his words more than usual.

slur

verb
To make defamatory statements about:
Law: libel.
noun
An implied criticism:
Translations

slur

[slɜːʳ]
A. N
1. (= stigma) → mancha f, calumnia f
to cast a slur on sbmanchar la reputación de algn
it is no slur on him to say thatno es hacer un reparo a él decir que ..., no es baldonarle decir que ...
2. (Mus) → ligado m
B. VT
1. [+ word etc] → pronunciar mal, tragar
2. (Mus) → ligar
slur over VI + PREPpasar por alto de, omitir, suprimir

slur

[ˈslɜːr]
n
(= insult) → insulte f
to cast a slur on sb/sth → dénigrer qn/qch
(= smear) to be a slur on sth → porter atteinte à qch
(= mumble) → bredouillement m
vtmal articuler
to slur one's speech → mal articuler

slur

n
Makel m, → Schandfleck m; (= insult)Beleidigung f; to cast a slur on somebody/somethingjdn/etw in schlechtem Licht erscheinen lassen; (person) → jdn/etw verunglimpfen; it is no slur on him to say that …es geht nicht gegen ihn, wenn man sagt, dass …
(Mus, = mark) → Bindebogen m; (= notes)Bindung f
to speak with a slurunartikuliert sprechen
vt
(= pronounce indistinctly)undeutlich artikulieren; words, syllable(halb) verschlucken, verschleifen

slur

[slɜːʳ]
1. n
a. (stigma) → macchia; (insult) → diffamazione f
to cast a slur on sb → calunniare qn
without wishing to cast a slur on his character, I think ... → senza per questo volerlo denigrare, penso che...
b. (Mus) → legatura
2. vt (word) → farfugliare, pronunciare in modo inarticolato (Mus) → legare
his speech was slurred → biascicava (perché ubriaco)

slur

vt (pret & pp slurred; ger slurring) to — one's words o speech arrastrar las palabras, tener dificultad para articular palabras
References in classic literature ?
I pass over the sort of slur conveyed in this suggestion on the character of my beloved; indeed, when you are far away, Janet, I'll try to forget it: I shall notice only its wisdom; which is such that I have made it my law of action.
Your sister -- who has patiently borne all hardships that fell on herself -- instantly resented the slur cast on you.
But besides all this, he reminded him that if he prided himself on being a gentleman and a Christian, he could not do otherwise than keep his plighted word; and that in doing so he would obey God and meet the approval of all sensible people, who know and recognised it to be the privilege of beauty, even in one of humble birth, provided virtue accompany it, to be able to raise itself to the level of any rank, without any slur upon him who places it upon an equality with himself; and furthermore that when the potent sway of passion asserts itself, so long as there be no mixture of sin in it, he is not to be blamed who gives way to it.
A large section of the audience expressed their indignation at such a slur upon the travelers by noisy shouts of dissent and cries of,
The boys tell him that he's "worse than a girl," and the girls repudiate the implied slur upon their sex by indignantly exclaiming that they are sure no girl would be half as bad.
I made a false step on my way to the door; when I reached it I leant heavily against the jam, and I said with a slur that I felt unwell.
The metaphor irritated Philip, because it assumed for the speaker a romantic attitude and cast a slur upon the position which Philip instinctively felt had more to say for it than he could think of at the moment.
You slur over work of the utmost finesse and delicacy, in order to dwell upon sensational details which may excite, but cannot possibly instruct, the reader.
And then you slur by dropping initial letters and diphthongs.
But I am involved in it, as your nearest relative; and, what is more, even the sacred memories of your father and mother might feel the slur cast on them.
Still mindful of the slur that had been cast on one of his best bedchambers, the manager took occasion to ask the travellers the next morning how they liked their room.
Could any crueler slur than this have been cast on a woman at the outs et of her married life, before the face of her husband, and in the presence of two strangers from another country?