Definitions of slur

  1. a blemish made by dirt; " he had a smudge on his cheek"
  2. become vague or indistinct; " The distinction between the two theories blurred"
  3. play smoothly or legato; of musical passages
  4. ( music) a curved line spanning notes that are to be played legato
  5. utter indistinctly
  6. speak disparagingly of; e. g., make a racial slur; " your comments are slurring your co- workers"
  7. 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"
  8. play smoothly or legato; " the pianist slurred the most beautiful passage in the sonata"
  9. To soil; to sully; to contaminate; to disgrace.
  10. To disparage; to traduce.
  11. To cover over; to disguise; to conceal; to pass over lightly or with little notice.
  12. To cheat, as by sliding a die; to trick.
  13. To pronounce indistinctly; as, to slur syllables.
  14. To sing or perform in a smooth, gliding style; to connect smoothly in performing, as several notes or tones.
  15. To blur or double, as an impression from type; to mackle.
  16. A mark or stain; hence, a slight reproach or disgrace; a stigma; a reproachful intimation; an innuendo.
  17. A trick played upon a person; an imposition.
  18. In knitting machines, a contrivance for depressing the sinkers successively by passing over them.
  19. 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.
  20. To soil; pass over in a slighting manner; to speak slightingly of; pronounce indistinctly; in music, to execute without breaks between two or more tones; to mark so as to show that the passage is to be so executed.
  21. A stain; a remark implying reproach; stigma; in music, a mark ( or) connecting notes that are to be sung or played without a break.
  22. Slurred.
  23. Slurring.
  24. To soil: to contaminate: to disgrace: to pass over lightly: to conceal: ( music) to sing or play in a gliding manner:- pr. p. slurring; pa. t. and pa. p. slurred.
  25. A stain: slight reproach: ( music) a mark showing that notes are to be sung to the same syllable.
  26. A Stain; reproach; mark showing that notes are to be sung or played without division.
  27. To soil; sully; pass over lightly; sing or play in a gliding manner.
  28. To slight; disparage; suppress; conceal; run together, as words.
  29. To smear; soil.
  30. A disparaging remark; disparagement; stigma.
  31. A curved line indicating that tones so tied are to be sung to the same syllable.
  32. Slight reproach or disgrace; a stigma; a mark or arch connecting notes that are to be played or sung glidingly.
  33. To soil; to sully; to disparage; to pass over lightly; to sing or perform in a smooth, gliding style.
  34. To soil; to contaminate; to disgrace; to pass lightly; to do carelessly or imperfectly; to sing in a gliding style; to run notes into each other.
  35. A mark or strain; slight reproach or disgrace; in music, a mark thus, connecting notes of different pitch to be sung to the same word or syllable.

Usage examples for slur

  1. Satisfied that Count Ammiani was not coming, he exacted from Volpo and from Jenna their word of honour as Austrian officers that they would forbear- to cast any slur on the courage of his adversary, and would be so discreet on the subject as to imply that the duel was a drawn affair. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. You perceive that it is your object, if possible, even more than mine, to preserve free from slur the name and memory of her who was to you a second mother. – The Parisians, Book 6. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  3. Every German scholar knows that Theiner, after coming to Rome, became extremely reserved in his communications and very cautious in his own publications, always suppressing whatever might excite displeasure there, and throw a slur on the Roman authorities. – Letters From Rome on the Council by Johann Joseph Ignaz von Döllinger
  4. In some seasons this is a sharp time of hurry, broken with storms, and capricious, while men have to slur in the driving weather tasks that should have been matured long since. – Erema My Father's Sin by R. D. Blackmore
  5. It is not a slur to say so; Socrates was one, and even Christ Himself. – George Bernard Shaw by Gilbert K. Chesterton
  6. We will save Sir Frank's name from a police court slur at all events. – The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume
  7. Hephzy was a Methodist herself and she resented the slur – Kent Knowles: Quahaug by Joseph C. Lincoln
  8. At least one passage, which carried a slur upon publishers, may have been changed to suit Mr. Nichols. –  by
  9. But the teller of the comic story does not slur the nub; he shouts it at you- every time. – How Tell a Story and Others by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) Last Updated: February 18, 2009
  10. Not only would that cast a slur on the capacity of the police of the district, but he was sure that he himself would get much more credit for his work, if he and Mr. Flexen were successful in discovering the murderer, than he would get if a detective inspector from Scotland Yard were in charge of the case. – The Loudwater Mystery by Edgar Jepson
  11. I think it is a slur on the men who govern the country that it is possible. – Winding Paths by Gertrude Page
  12. There was no slur on his credit, though; 'twas just a bit of temper. – The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  13. Too thoughtful to slur over the difficulty like Pelagius, he was yet too timid to realize the possibility of a conquest of sin by man, even though that man were Christ himself. – The Arian Controversy by H. M. Gwatkin
  14. That word struck me partic'lar, " proud to preside," which, in all this, of co'se, I see he was castin' a slur on Sonny's collections of birds' eggs, an' his wild flowers, an' wood specimens, an' min'rals. – Sonny, A Christmas Guest by Ruth McEnery Stuart
  15. He always speaks of Sumner in his letters with something like a slur not to Motley, for Motley was Sumner's friend, but to others who might be more sympathetic. – Cambridge Sketches by Frank Preston Stearns
  16. In all this there is, of course, no inclination to cast a slur on the German people. – An Inquiry Into The Nature Of Peace And The Terms Of Its Perpetuation by Thorstein Veblen
  17. " Now, John, I don't mean for you to take it that I'm throwin' any slur over your courage for the way things has turned out- I don't want you to take it that way at all, lad," said Tim. – The Flockmaster of Poison Creek by George W. Ogden
  18. At least she was no longer the self- conscious schoolgirl, paid for at a lower rate than her companions, stinted in dress, pocket- money, and education, and fiercely resentful at every turn of some real or fancied slur she was no longer even the half- Bohemian student of these past two years, enjoying herself in London so far as the iron necessity of keeping her boarding- house expenses down to the lowest possible figure would allow. – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  19. The sneer in his voice and his slur on her father brought a bright flush of anger to Tessibel's face. – Tess of the Storm Country by Grace Miller White
  20. Must thou live on to cast a slur on age? – The Oedipus Trilogy by Sophocles