stut·​ter·​ing | \ ˈstə-tər-iŋ How to pronounce stuttering (audio) \

Definition of stuttering

: a disorder of vocal communication marked by involuntary disruption or blocking of speech (as by abnormal repetition, prolongation, or stoppage of vocal sounds) : disfluency

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Global stocks were mixed Wednesday, as concerns about global growth and trade, as well as the U.K.’s stuttering effort to depart the European Union, continued to weigh on investors’ moods. Donato Paolo Mancini, WSJ, "Global Stocks Pause Ahead of ECB Meeting, Fed Minutes," 10 Apr. 2019 The stuttering economy has increased pressure on Beijing to resolve the trade fight with Washington, something both sides made progress on this week, in order to remove an uncertainty for investors. WSJ, "China’s Sluggish Prices Raise Deflation Fears," 10 Jan. 2019 There was constant buffering, stuttering, and the occasional instance of the stream randomly rewinding itself back in time. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Formula 1 finally launched its livestream—and it was a total mess," 11 May 2018 For people who stutter, however, the solution becomes a bit more complicated, because there is yet more to learn about stuttering. Kevin Wheeler, Curbed, "Why voice assistants don’t understand people who stutter," 12 Dec. 2018 Despite the sporting project stuttering, the club has stepped up its efforts over the past year to position itself as a lifestyle brand. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "A Billion Dollars Later, PSG Wonders Where It’s Heading," 26 Nov. 2018 There’s an urgency to the tempo and stuttering beats. Martin Johnson, WSJ, "‘Origami Harvest’ by Ambrose Akinmusire and ‘3 Times Round’ by Jonathan Finlayson," 15 Oct. 2018 Last week, a University of Pennsylvania graduate student said a Starbucks barista in West Philadelphia mocked him for his stuttering disorder. Michael Boren,, "Starbucks gets recommendations on how to address bias," 2 July 2018 Though the app's usual metrics didn't work on this version of the app, the performance seemed comparable to the 5GHz Wi-Fi, complete with regular stuttering on high-end games. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "With Steam Link app, your smartphone can be an imperfect gaming monitor," 17 May 2018

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1595, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of stuttering

1 : the act of one who stutters
2 : a disorder of vocal communication marked by involuntary disruption or blocking of speech (as by abnormal repetition, prolongation, or stoppage of vocal sounds) : disfluency

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