American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To pronounce indistinctly.
- v. To talk about disparagingly or insultingly.
- v. To pass over lightly or carelessly; treat without due consideration.
- v. Music To glide over (a series of notes) smoothly without a break.
- v. Music To mark with a slur.
- v. Printing To blur or smear.
- n. A disparaging remark; an aspersion.
- n. A slurred utterance or sound.
- n. Music A curved line connecting notes on a score to indicate that they are to be played or sung legato.
- n. Music A passage played or sung in this manner.
- n. Printing A smeared or blurred impression.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To smear; soil by smearing with something; sully; contaminate; pollute; tarnish: often with over.
- To disparage by insinuation or innuendo; depreciate; calumniate; traduce; asperse; speak slightingly of.
- To pass lightly (over or through); treat lightly or slightingly; make little of: commonly with over.
- To cheat, originally by slipping or sliding a die in a particular way: an old gambling term; hence, to trick or cheat in general.
- To do (anything) in a careless manner; render obscure or indistinct by running together, as words in speaking.
- 6, In music, to sing (two or more tones) to a single syllable, or perform in a legato manner. See slur, n., 4.
- In printing, to blur or double, as an impression from type; mackle.
- To slide; be moved or dragged along in a shuffling, negligent way.
- To practise cheating by slipping a die out of the box so as not to let it turn; hence, to cheat in any way.
- In music, to apply a slur to two or more notes.
- n. A mark or stain; a smear; hence, figuratively, a slight occasion of reproach.
- n. A disparaging or slighting remark; an insinuation; an innuendo: as, he could never speak of him without a slur.
- n. A trick; a cheat. See slur, intransitive verb, 2.
- n. In vocal music, the combination of two or more tones of the music sung to a single syllable. The term originally signified simply a legato effect, and is still sometimes so used in connection with instrumental music.
- n. In musical notation, a curved mark connecting two or more notes that are to be performed to a single syllable, or without break. A slur is distinguished from a tie in that it always connects notes on different degrees. It resembles the legato- and phrase-marks, but is properly confined to much fewer notes.
- n. . A slide or glide.
- n. In printing, a blurred or doubled impression caused by a shake or uneven motion in the sheet.
- n. In a knitting-machine, mechanism which travels on a bar called the slur-bar, and depresses the jack-sinkers in succession, sinking a loop of thread between every pair of needles.
- n. Mud; especially, thin, washy mud.
- n. An insult or slight.
- n. music A set of notes that are played legato, without separate articulation.
- n. music The symbol indicating a legato passage, written as an arc over the slurred notes (not to be confused with a tie).
- n. obsolete A trick or deception.
- n. In knitting machines, a device for depressing the sinkers successively by passing over them.
- v. To insult or slight.
- v. To run together; to articulate poorly.
- v. music To play legato or without separate articulation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To soil; to sully; to contaminate; to disgrace.
- v. To disparage; to traduce.
- v. To cover over; to disguise; to conceal; to pass over lightly or with little notice.
- v. rare To cheat, as by sliding a die; to trick.
- v. To pronounce indistinctly.
- v. (Mus.) To sing or perform in a smooth, gliding style; to connect smoothly in performing, as several notes or tones.
- v. (Print.) To blur or double, as an impression from type; to mackle.
- n. A mark or stain; hence, a slight reproach or disgrace; a stigma; a reproachful intimation; an innuendo.
- n. rare A trick played upon a person; an imposition.
- n. (Mus.) A mark, thus [⌢ or ⌣], connecting notes that are to be sung to the same syllable, or made in one continued breath of a wind instrument, or with one stroke of a bow; a tie; a sign of legato.
- n. In knitting machines, a contrivance for depressing the sinkers successively by passing over them.
- v. play smoothly or legato
- n. a blemish made by dirt
- v. become vague or indistinct
- n. a disparaging remark
- v. utter indistinctly
- n. (music) a curved line spanning notes that are to be played legato
- v. speak disparagingly of; e.g., make a racial slur
- From Middle English slore. Compare Old Norse slóðra ("to drag oneself along"). Cognate with Middle Low German sluren ("to trail in mud"). Related to dialect Norwegian sløra ("to be careless, to scamp, dawdle"), Danish sløre ("to wobble, be loose") (especially for wheels). (Wiktionary)
- Probably from Middle English sloor, mud. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But whatever the current term, it will in time become a pejorative slur, which is why they must keep switching every so often.”
“Yet, more disturbing than the slur is the fact that the leaders of the California chapter of the National Organization of Women still insist on endorsing a man who refers to an intellectual giant, one of the leading entrepreneurs of the 21st century, a renowned and respected women, as a "whore.”
“The stupidity regarding this coconut slur is that Rubio is certainly not brown on the outside.”
“The new whitewing slur is that Michelle Obama is not allowed to practice law.”
“The use of the word 'gay' in this trailer as a slur is unnecessary and does nothing more than send a message of intolerance about our community to viewers," said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios.”
“January 8th, 2010 at 6: 39 pm tombaker says: ampu – the only thing more sophomoric than your failed attempt at an anti-Democrat slur, is voting it down when i call you out on it.”
“The use of the word 'gay' in this trailer as a slur is unnecessary and does nothing more than send a message of intolerance about our community to viewers," GLAAD president Jarret Barrios said in a statement.”
“Twenty-nine years later, Barre's horrible, though perhaps unintentional, slur is being repeated by the faculty in the department of sociology and anthropology at Carleton University, through their defence of the department's right to hire Hassan Diab to teach a summer course.”
“But when the victim of the slur is Asian, and the victim of the crime is John McCain, suddenly it's okay for John McCain to spout racism because John McCain would have you believe that he's the only American, the only soldier, to ever have suffered.”
“Once in a Hebrew Bible class, I heard my teacher use a racial slur to translate a Hebrew word.”
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