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blur Syllabification: blur

Definition of blur in English:

verb (blurs, blurring, blurred)

Make or become unclear or less distinct: [with object]: tears blurred her vision his novels blur the boundaries between criticism and fiction [no object]: as daylight waned, the pages blurred
More example sentences
  • I took one look at them and ran back up to my room with tears blurring my vision.
  • She looked at the letter but could not read it for the tears blurring her vision.
  • The grey seafog sweeps in, blurring the boundary between sea and land, disorientating anyone held in its spell.
Synonyms
cloud, fog, obscure, dim, make hazy, unfocus, soften
literary bedim
archaic blear
obscure, make vague, confuse, muddle, muddy, obfuscate, cloud, weaken

noun

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1A thing that cannot be seen or heard clearly: the pale blur of her face the words were a blur
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  • The world around her remained a blur even as she heard his fading paw steps.
  • He heard the blur say his name but wasn't paying any attention to the feminine voice.
  • Passing people just saw a blur and heard the sound of his jacket whipping the air behind him.
Synonyms
indistinct shape, smudge;
haze, cloud, mist
1.1An indistinct memory or impression of events, typically because they happened very fast: the day before was a blur
More example sentences
  • There's nothing substantive to latch onto - all I remember is a blur of lights, noise and sweaty torsos.
  • God, I wish I THOUGHT about what was going on then… who knows, I can only remember blurs… and Shane comes in.
  • The rest of the evening throughout the night was a fast blur as the maids scurried and everyone got ready to leave.

Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense 'smear that partially obscures something'): perhaps related to blear.

Words that rhyme with blur

à deux, agent provocateur, astir, auteur, aver, bestir, bon viveur, burr, Chandigarh, coiffeur, concur, confer, connoisseur, cordon-bleu, cri de cœur, cur, danseur, Darfur, defer, demur, de rigueur, deter, entrepreneur, er, err, farceur, faute de mieux, fir, flâneur, Fleur, force majeure, fur, hauteur, her, infer, inter, jongleur, Kerr, littérateur, longueur, masseur, Monseigneur, monsieur, Montesquieu, Montreux, murre, myrrh, occur, pas de deux, Pasteur, per, pisteur, poseur, pot-au-feu, prefer, prie-dieu, pudeur, purr, raconteur, rapporteur, refer, répétiteur, restaurateur, saboteur, sabreur, seigneur, Sher, shirr, sir, skirr, slur, souteneur, spur, stir, tant mieux, transfer, Ur, vieux jeu, voyageur, voyeur, were, whirr

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