slur Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “slur” in the English Dictionary

"slur" in British English

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slurverb [T]

uk   /slɜːr/  us   /slɝː/ (-rr-)

slur verb [T] (PRONOUNCE BADLY)

to ​pronounce the ​sounds of a word in a way that is ​wrong or not ​clear: Her speech was slurred but she still ​denied she was ​drunk.

slur verb [T] (MUSIC)

to ​sing or ​playnotes in a ​smooth and ​connectedmanner

slur verb [T] (CRITICIZE)

to ​harm someone's ​reputation by ​criticizing them: The ​report slurs both the ​teachers and ​students.


uk   /slɜːr/  us   /slɝː/

slur noun (CRITICISM)

[C] a ​remark that ​criticizes someone and is ​likely to have a ​harmfuleffect on ​theirreputation: Her ​lettercontained several ​outrageous slurs against/on her ​formercolleagues. His ​comments cast a slur on the ​integrity of his ​employees.


[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.

slur noun (MUSIC)

[C] a ​curvedline written over or under ​musicalnotes to show that they must be ​played in a ​smooth and ​connectedmanner
(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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