Definition of slur noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//slɜː(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//slɜːr//
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  1. 1slur (on somebody/something) an unfair remark about somebody/something that may damage other people’s opinion of them synonym insult She had dared to cast a slur on his character. (especially North American English) The crowd started throwing bottles and shouting racial slurs.
  2. 2 (music) a curved sign used to show that two or more notes are to be played smoothly and without a break
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: originally as noun in sense ‘thin, fluid mud’, later as verb meaning ‘smear’, ‘belittle (a person)’, ‘gloss over (a fault)’.Extra examples The comments cast a slur on her character. The joke was seen as a slur against the mentally ill. a slur on his good name
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