blur, fuzz

(noun) a hazy or indistinct representation; “it happened so fast it was just a blur”; “he tried to clear his head of the whisky fuzz”

blur, dim, slur

(verb) become vague or indistinct; “The distinction between the two theories blurred”

blur, blear

(verb) make dim or indistinct; “The fog blurs my vision”

confuse, blur, obscure, obnubilate

(verb) make unclear, indistinct, or blurred; “Her remarks confused the debate”; “Their words obnubilate their intentions”

smear, blur, smudge, smutch

(verb) make a smudge on; soil by smudging


(verb) to make less distinct or clear; “The haze blurs the hills”

Source: WordNet® 3.1



blur (third-person singular simple present blurs, present participle blurring, simple past and past participle blurred)

To make indistinct or hazy, to obscure or dim.

To smear, stain or smudge.

(intransitive) To become indistinct.

To cause imperfection of vision in; to dim; to darken.

(obsolete, transitive) To sully; to stain; to blemish, as reputation.

(GUI, transitive) To transfer the input focus away from.


• (make indistinct or hazy): pixelate, smooth

• (move input focus from): unfocus


• sharpen


blur (plural blurs)

A smear, smudge or blot

Something that appears hazy or indistinct

(obsolete) A moral stain or blot.


blur (comparative more blur, superlative most blur)

(Malaysia, Singapore, informal) In a state of doubt or confusion.


• Burl, burl

Source: Wiktionary

Blur, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blurred; p. pr. & vb. n. Blurring.] Etym: [Prob. of same origin as blear. See Blear.]

1. To render obscure by making the form or outline of confused and uncertain, as by soiling; to smear; to make indistinct and confused; as, to blur manuscript by handling it while damp; to blur the impression of a woodcut by an excess of ink. But time hath nothing blurred those lines of favor Which then he wore. Shak.

2. To cause imperfection of vision in; to dim; to darken. Her eyes are blurred with the lightning's glare. J. R. Drake.

3. To sully; to stain; to blemish, as reputation. Sarcasms may eclipse thine own, But can not blur my lost renown. Hudibras.


– To spot; blot; disfigure; stain; sully.

Blur, n.

1. That which obscures without effacing; a stain; a blot, as upon paper or other substance. As for those who cleanse blurs with blotted fingers, they make it worse. Fuller.

2. A dim, confused appearance; indistinctness of vision; as, to see things with a blur; it was all blur.

3. A moral stain or blot. Lest she . . . will with her railing set a great blur on mine honesty and good name. Udall.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


Word of the Day

3 February 2023


(verb) cause to continue in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., ‘keep clean’; “hold in place”; “She always held herself as a lady”; “The students keep me on my toes”

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