Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

stutter

play
verb stut·ter \ˈstə-tər\

Simple Definition of stutter

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

Full Definition of stutter

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to speak with involuntary disruption or blocking of speech (as by spasmodic repetition or prolongation of vocal sounds)

  3. 2 :  to move or act in a halting or spasmodic manner <the old jalopy bucks and stutters uphill — William Cleary>

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to say, speak, or sound with or as if with a stutter

stut·ter·er play \-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


2

stutter

noun stut·ter

Simple Definition of stutter

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

Full Definition of stutter

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of stuttering

  2. 2 :  a speech disorder involving stuttering

1651

First Known Use of stutter

1651


Learn More about stutter


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up stutter? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 7, 2016

a slight offense

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

kittly-benders spindrift pince-nez duvet
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ