stammer

play
verb stam·mer \ ˈsta-mər \

Definition of stammer

stammered; stammering play \ˈsta-mə-riŋ, ˈstam-riŋ\
intransitive verb
:to make involuntary stops and repetitions in speaking :stutter
transitive verb
:to utter with involuntary stops or repetitions

stammer

noun

stammerer

play \-mər-ər\ noun

Examples of stammer in a Sentence

  1. I d-don't know what you're talking about! she stammered.

  2. He stammered an excuse and fled.

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Origin and Etymology 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


STAMMER Defined for English Language Learners

stammer

play
verb

Definition of stammer for English Language Learners

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


STAMMER Defined for Kids

1

stammer

play
verb stam·mer \ ˈsta-mər \

Definition of stammer for Students

stammered; stammering
:to speak with involuntary stops and much repeating

2

stammer

noun

Definition of stammer for Students

:an act or instance of speaking with involuntary stops and much repeating

Medical Dictionary

1

stammer

play
intransitive verb stam·mer \ ˈstam-ər \

medical Definition of stammer

stammered; stammering play \-(ə-)riŋ\
:to make involuntary stops and repetitions in speaking :stutter

2

stammer

noun

medical Definition of stammer

1 :an act or instance of stammering
2 :the habitual tendency to stammer
  • a severe stammer
:stammering 2


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