English Dictionary

Pioneers in dictionary publishing since 1819

English Dictionary

blur  (blɜː



Word forms:   blurs,  blurring,  blurred
  1. to make or become vague or less distinct   ⇒ heat haze blurs the hills,   ⇒ education blurs class distinctions
  2. to smear or smudge
  3. (transitive) to make (the judgment, memory, or perception) less clear; dim


  1. something vague, hazy, or indistinct
  2. a smear or smudge

Derived Forms

ˈblurred  adjective
blurredly  (ˈblɜːrɪdlɪ ; ˈblɜːd-)   adverb
ˈblurredness  noun
ˈblurriness  noun
ˈblurry  adjective

Word Origin

C16: perhaps variant of blear


View thesaurus entry
= haze, confusion, fog, obscurity, dimness, cloudiness, blear, blurredness, indistinctness
= become indistinct, soften, become vague, become hazy, become fuzzy
= obscure, make indistinct, mask, soften, muddy, obfuscate, make vague, befog, make hazy

Translations for 'blur'

  • British English: blur A blur is a shape or area which you cannot see clearly. NOUNOut of the corner of my eye I saw a blur of movement.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: borrão
  • Chinese: 模糊不清
  • European Spanish: aspecto borroso
  • French: masse indistincte
  • German: verschwommener Fleck
  • Italian: forma indistinta
  • Japanese: 不鮮明
  • Korean: 흐릿하게 보이는 것
  • Portuguese: borrão
  • Spanish: aspecto borroso

Example Sentences Including 'blur'

On either side the forest rushed past in a dark green blur.
Forbes, Colin Cover Story
For Stephen, the days that followed passed in a timeless blur.
Stewart, Michael Compulsion
The familiar scenes of London sped past in a blur , looking strangely distorted seen from the back seat of a police car.
Babson, Marian Death in Fashion


Log in to comment on this word.