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1 (music) a curved line spanning notes that are to be played legato
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" [syn: aspersion]
3 a blemish made by dirt; "he had a smudge on his cheek" [syn: smudge, spot, blot, daub, smear, smirch]


1 play smoothly or legato; "the pianist slurred the most beautiful passage in the sonata"
2 speak disparagingly of; e.g., make a racial slur; "your comments are slurring your co-workers"
3 utter indistinctly
4 become vague or indistinct; "The distinction between the two theories blurred" [syn: blur, dim] [ant: focus] [also: slurring, slurred]

User Contributed Dictionary



From slore.



  1. An insult or slight.
    a racial slur
  2. A set of notes that are played legato, without separate articulation.
  3. The symbol indicating a legato passage, written as an arc over the slurred notes.


An insult or slight
A set of notes that are played legato, without separate articulation
The symbol indicating a legato passage, written as an arc over the slurred notes


  1. To insult or slight.
  2. To run together; to articulate poorly.
    He slurs his speech when he is drunk.
  3. To play legato or without separate articulation.


To insult or slight
To run together; to articulate poorly
To play legato or without separate articulation

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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