stutter


1stut·ter

verb \ˈstə-tər\

: to have a speech problem that causes you to repeat the beginning sound of some words

Full Definition of STUTTER

intransitive verb
1
:  to speak with involuntary disruption or blocking of speech (as by spasmodic repetition or prolongation of vocal sounds)
2
:  to move or act in a halting or spasmodic manner <the old jalopy bucks and stutters uphill — William Cleary>
transitive verb
:  to say, speak, or sound with or as if with a stutter
stut·ter·er \-tər-ər\ noun

Examples of STUTTER

  1. I used to stutter when I was a child.
  2. She stutters when she gets excited.

Origin of STUTTER

frequentative of English dialect stut to stutter, from Middle English stutten; akin to Dutch stotteren to stutter, Gothic stautan to strike — more at contusion
First Known Use: 1566

2stutter

noun

: a speech problem that causes someone to repeat the beginning sounds of some words

Full Definition of STUTTER

1
:  an act or instance of stuttering
2
:  a speech disorder involving stuttering

First Known Use of STUTTER

1651

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