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

     

    slur

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//slɜː(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//slɜːr//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they slur
    BrE BrE//slɜː(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//slɜːr//
     
    he / she / it slurs
    BrE BrE//slɜːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//slɜːrz//
     
    past simple slurred
    BrE BrE//slɜːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//slɜːrd//
     
    past participle slurred
    BrE BrE//slɜːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//slɜːrd//
     
    -ing form slurring
    BrE BrE//ˈslɜːrɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈslɜːrɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1slur something | + speech to pronounce words in a way that is not clear so that they run into each other, usually because you are drunk or tired She had drunk too much and her speech was slurred.
  2. 2slur something (music) to play or sing a group of two or more musical notes so that each one runs smoothly into the next
  3. 3slur somebody/something to harm somebody’s reputation by making unfair or false statements about them She accused the programme of slurring the company’s name.
  4. Word Origin Middle English: originally as noun in sense ‘thin, fluid mud’, later as verb meaning ‘smear’, ‘belittle (a person)’, ‘gloss over (a fault)’.
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