Slur Slur (sl[^u]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Slurred} (sl[^u]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Slurring} (sl[^u]r"r[i^]ng).] [Cf. OE. sloor mud, clay, Icel. sl[=o]ra, slo[eth]ra, to trail or drag one's self along, D. sleuren, sloren, to train, to drag, to do negligently and slovenly, D. sloor, sloerie, a sluttish girl.] 1. To soil; to sully; to contaminate; to disgrace. --Cudworth. [1913 Webster]

2. To disparage; to traduce. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

3. To cover over; to disguise; to conceal; to pass over lightly or with little notice. [1913 Webster]

With periods, points, and tropes, he slurs his crimes. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. To cheat, as by sliding a die; to trick. [R.] [1913 Webster]

To slur men of what they fought for. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]

5. To pronounce indistinctly; as, to slur syllables; to slur one's words. [1913 Webster]

6. (Mus.) To sing or perform in a smooth, gliding style; to connect smoothly in performing, as several notes or tones. --Busby. [1913 Webster]

7. (Print.) To blur or double, as an impression from type; to mackle. [1913 Webster]

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