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Meaning of “slur” in the English Dictionary

"slur" in British English

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slurverb [T]

uk   /slɜːr/  us   /slɝː/ (-rr-)

slurnoun

uk   /slɜːr/  us   /slɝː/
  • slur noun (BAD PRONUNCIATION)

[S] a way of ​pronouncing the ​sounds of a word that is ​unclear, ​uncontrolled, or ​wrong: The ​drugaffected her ​vision and made her ​speak with a slur.
(Definition of slur from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"slur" in American English

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slurverb [I/T]

 us   /slɜr/ (-rr-)
  • slur verb [I/T] (PRONOUNCE BADLY)

to ​pronounce words in a way that is not ​clear: [T] How can you ​possiblyunderstand someone who slurs his ​speech?

slurnoun [C]

 us   /slɜr/
  • slur noun [C] (INSULT)

words ​intended to ​insult someone or ​injure someone's ​reputation: He ​apologized for ​shouting an ​ethnic slur at a ​fan.
  • slur noun [C] (UNCLEAR SPEECH)

the ​act of ​pronouncing words in a way that is not ​clear: The ​injury made her ​speak with a slur.
(Definition of slur from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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