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slur¹ / slɚ ; slɜː /
◙verb slurred, slurring
1. [I,T] to speak unclearly without separating your words or sounds correctly
»slur your words / speech
»She was slurring her words as if she was drunk.
»His voice sounded slurred.
2. [T] to criticize someone or something unfairly
3. [T] to play a group of musical notes smoothly together
1. an unfair criticism that is intended to make people dislike someone or something
▪ [+ on / against ]
»Milton regarded her comment as a slur on his country.
»How dare she cast a slur on (=criticize) my character?
»a racist slur
2. [technical] a curved line written over musical notes to show they must be played together smoothly
/ˈslɚ/ verb , slurs, slurred, slur·ring
1 a [ + obj ] : to say (something) in an unclear way especially because you are drunk or tired
She was slurring her words.
His speech was slurred.
1 b [ no obj ] of speech : to become unclear especially because you are drunk or tired
His speech/words slurred as he got drunker
2 [ + obj ] : to say critical and unfair things about (someone or someone's character)
They tried to slur him by lying about his war record.
They tried to slur his character/reputation.
3 [ + obj ] music : to sing or play musical notes so that each one runs smoothly into the next one
noun , pl slurs [ count ]
1 : an insulting remark about someone or someone's character
a racial/ethnic slur [=an insult based on someone's race/ethnicity]
2 music : a symbol in music that is used to show that notes are to be sung or played smoothly with no break in between them
She had dared to cast a slur on his character.
(especially NAmE) The crowd started throwing bottles and shouting racial slurs.
She had drunk too much and her speech was slurred.
racial, racist, sexist, sexual
[搭配]VERB + SLUR
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