stammer


stam·mer

verb \ˈsta-mər\

: to speak with many pauses and repetitions because you have a speech problem or because you are very nervous, frightened, etc.

stam·meredstam·mer·ing \ˈsta-mə-riŋ, ˈstam-riŋ\

Full Definition of STAMMER

intransitive verb
:  to make involuntary stops and repetitions in speaking
transitive verb
:  to utter with involuntary stops or repetitions
stammer noun
stam·mer·er \-mər-ər\ noun

Examples of STAMMER

  1. I d-don't know what you're talking about! she stammered.
  2. He stammered an excuse and fled.

Origin of STAMMER

Middle English stameren, from Old English stamerian; akin to Old High German stamalōn to stammer, Old Norse stemma to hinder, damn up — more at stem
First Known Use: before 12th century

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