• IPA: /slɜː(ɹ)/

slur (plural slurs)

  1. An insult or slight.
    a racial slur
  2. (music) A set of notes that are played legato, without separate articulation.
  3. (music) The symbol indicating a legato passage, written as an arc over the slurred notes (not to be confused with a tie).
    Coordinate term: tie#English-musical_notation|tie
  4. (obsolete) A trick or deception.
  5. In knitting machines, a device for depressing the sinkers successively by passing over them.
Translations Translations
  • French: liaison d'expression, coulé, legato
  • German: Bindebogen
  • Italian: legatura di portamento, legatura di frase, legatura di espressione
  • Portuguese: ligadura
  • Russian: лега́то
  • Spanish: legato, ligadura de expresión, ligadura

slur (slurs, present participle slurring; past and past participle slurred)

  1. To insult or slight.
  2. To run together; to articulate poorly.
    to slur syllables;  He slurs his speech when he is drunk.
  3. (music) To play legato or without separate articulation; to connect (notes) smoothly.
  4. To soil; to sully; to contaminate; to disgrace.
  5. To cover over; to disguise; to conceal; to pass over lightly or with little notice.
    • With periods, points, and tropes, he slurs his crimes.
  6. To cheat, as by sliding a die; to trick.
    • 1662, Samuel Butler (poet), Hudibras
      to slur men of what they fought for
  7. (printing, dated) To blur or double, as an impression from type; to mackle.
Translations Translations
  • French: mal articuler
  • German: undeutlich reden
  • Italian: biascicare
  • Portuguese: arrastar
  • Russian: заплета́ться
  • Spanish: mascullar, arrastrar las palabras

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