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stammer

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verb stam·mer \ˈsta-mər\

Simple Definition of stammer

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

Full Definition of stammer

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

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to make involuntary stops and repetitions in speaking

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to utter with involuntary stops or repetitions

stammer noun
stam·mer·er play \-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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