From Middle English slore. Compare Old Norse slóðra (“to drag oneself along”). Cognate with Middle Low German sluren (“to trail in mud”). Related to dialect Norwegian sløra (“to be careless, to scamp, dawdle”), Danish sløre (“to wobble, be loose”) (especially for wheels).
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).
- (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.
- He slurs his speech when he is drunk.
- (music) To play legato or without separate articulation.