From Middle English sloor (“thin or fluid mud”). Cognate with Middle Low German sluren (“to trail in mud”). Also related to dialectal Norwegian sløra (“to be careless, to scamp, dawdle”), Danish sløre (“to wobble, be loose”) (especially for wheels); compare Old Norse slóðra (“to drag oneself along”).
slur (plural slurs)
- An insult or slight.
- a racial slur
- (music) A set of notes that are played legato, without separate articulation.
- (music) The symbol indicating a legato passage, written as an arc over the slurred notes (not to be confused with a tie).
- Coordinate term: tie
- (obsolete) A trick or deception.
- In knitting machines, a device for depressing the sinkers successively by passing over them.
- To insult or slight.
- To run together; to articulate poorly.
- to slur syllables; He slurs his speech when he is drunk.
- (music) To play legato or without separate articulation; to connect (notes) smoothly.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Busby to this entry?)
- To soil; to sully; to contaminate; to disgrace.
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- To cover over; to disguise; to conceal; to pass over lightly or with little notice.
- 1693, Decimus Junius Juvenalis; John Dryden, transl., “[The Satires of Decimus Junius Juvenalis.] The First Satyr”, in The Satires of Decimus Junius Juvenalis. Translated into English Verse. […] Together with the Satires of Aulus Persius Flaccus. […], London: Printed for Jacob Tonson […], OCLC 80026745:
- With periods, points, and tropes, he slurs his crimes.
- To cheat, as by sliding a die; to trick.
- (printing, dated) To blur or double, as an impression from type; to mackle.