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stutter

verb stut·ter \ ˈstə-tər \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of stutter

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

stutterer

play \-tər-ər\ noun

Examples of stutter in a Sentence

  1. I used to stutter when I was a child.

  2. She stutters when she gets excited.

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Origin and Etymology of stutter

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

noun

Definition of stutter

1 :an act or instance of stuttering
2 :the habitual tendency to stutter
  • had a mild stutter
:stuttering

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First Known Use of stutter

1651


STUTTER Defined for English Language Learners

stutter

verb

Definition of stutter for English Language Learners

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


stutter

noun

Definition of stutter for English Language Learners

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


STUTTER Defined for Kids

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stutter

verb stut·ter \ ˈstə-tər \

Definition of stutter for Students

stuttered; stuttering
:to speak or say with involuntary repetition or interruption of sounds

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stutter

noun

Definition of stutter for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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stutter

intransitive verb stut·ter \ ˈstət-ər \

medical Definition of stutter

: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

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stutter

noun

medical Definition of stutter

1 :an act or instance of stuttering
2 :the habitual tendency to stutter
  • had a mild stutter
:stuttering 2


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