stutter

verb
stut·ter | \ˈstə-tər \
stuttered; stuttering; stutters

Definition of stutter 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to speak with involuntary disruption or blocking of speech (as by 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

stutter

noun

Definition of stutter (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of stuttering

2 : the habitual tendency to stutter had a mild stutter : stuttering

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Other Words from stutter

Verb

stutterer \ˈstə-tər-ər \ noun

Examples of stutter in a Sentence

Verb

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Tan Lekwijit posted Sunday on Facebook that his friend Sam stuttered when giving his name. CBS News, "Starbucks fires Philadelphia employee accused of mocking stuttering customer," 5 July 2018 My friend Sam who is a stutterer stuttered on his name when ordering a coffee at Starbucks. Valerie Russ, Philly.com, "Did a Philly Starbucks barista mock a customer with a stutter?," 2 July 2018 But before long, the tempo started to stutter and swim, and the drummer and bandleader Dan Weiss nudged the group toward a harsh and forbiddingly loud climax. Hank Shteamer, New York Times, "Dan Weiss’s Starebaby Mines the Loud Ground Where Jazz and Metal Meet," 29 Mar. 2018 The song is stark, layered, discordant, stuttering rhythmically. Walton Muyumba, latimes.com, "Detachment and dreaming in 'My Year of Rest and Relaxation' by Ottessa Moshfegh," 12 July 2018 My friend Sam who is a stutterer stuttered on his name when ordering a coffee at Starbucks. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Starbucks Under Fire Again After a Barista Reportedly Mocked a Man's Stutter," 5 July 2018 Monaco stuttered to a 0-0 draw in the absence of Radamel Falcao at Montpellier on Saturday, while Marseille cruised to a victory over Rennes that kept them firmly in the Champions League race. Martyn Wood/afp, chicagotribune.com, "Ligue 1 Recap: Monaco stifled by Montpellier, Thauvin leads Marseille over Rennes," 13 Jan. 2018 Like other countries in the Middle East, Egypt is struggling to reckon with stuttering economic growth and soaring youth unemployment. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Putin and Sissi need votes to keep crushing democracy," 16 Mar. 2018 In Sinclair's place, Lindsey Horan took the shot and stuttered on her attempt. Jamie Goldberg, OregonLive.com, "Portland Thorns unveil new secondary jerseys," 20 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Bailey, who was just 9 when Moochie, then 22, stabbed his victim, developed a severe stutter when his brother went away. John Eligon, New York Times, "After His Brother Commits Murder, a Journalist Revisits Their Childhood," 6 July 2018 Next is an extended, percussive-heavy take from Latroit with plenty of strange synth stutter. Kat Bein, Billboard, "deadmau5's 'mau5ville: level 1' Brings A Range Of Sounds, Emotions: Listen," 13 July 2018 An Facebook user claiming to be a friend of Sam's posted that the employee made fun of the stutter even before getting the cup. Fox News, "Philly Starbucks barista accused of making fun of stuttering customer: report," 4 July 2018 Jorgensen stutter-steps, shoots, and Subasic dives and pulls off another save! Victor Mather, New York Times, "Shootout Sunday: Croatia Follows Russia’s Lead and Wins on Penalty Kicks," 3 July 2018 Rossoni referred to are the April 12 arrests of two black men who were sitting in a Center City location of the coffee chain and a June incident in which a man with a stutter was reportedly mocked by a barista. Katherine Nails, Philly.com, "Consumers, coffee shops see changes after Starbucks incidents - but will they last?," 10 July 2018 Another Philadelphia-area Starbucks is in hot water after a barista allegedly mocked a customer with a stutter. Monica Rodriguez, Fortune, "Starbucks Barista Accused of Mocking Customer's Stutter Is Fired," 6 July 2018 Starbucks said an employee in Philadelphia has been fired after reportedly mocking a customer with a stutter. BostonGlobe.com, "Wynn Resorts losing high-profile general counsel," 5 July 2018 Likely there will be stutters along the way, perhaps even new threats and walkouts. Andrew Malcolm, SFChronicle.com, "An inside look at the Trump-Kim summit," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of stutter

Verb

1566, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stutter

Verb

frequentative of English dialect stut to stutter, from Middle English stutten; akin to Dutch stotteren to stutter, Goth stautan to strike — more at contusion

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stutter

verb

English Language Learners Definition of stutter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

stutter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stutter (Entry 2 of 2)

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

stutter

verb
stut·ter | \ˈstə-tər \
stuttered; stuttering

Kids Definition of stutter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to speak or say with involuntary repetition or interruption of sounds

stutter

noun

Kids Definition of stutter (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act or an instance of speaking with involuntary repetition or interruption

stut·ter | \ˈstət-ər \

Medical Definition of stutter 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to speak with involuntary disruption or blocking of speech (as by repetition or prolongation of vocal sounds)

transitive verb

: to say, speak, or sound with or as if with a stutter

stutter

noun

Medical Definition of stutter (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of stuttering

2 : the habitual tendency to stutter had a mild stutter : stuttering sense 2

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