stuttering

noun
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

Examples of stuttering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On top of stuttering to successive draws after the opening day victory over Celta Vigo, Madrid will be without Gareth Bale this Saturday, thanks to the Welshman's suspension for a last-gasp red card in that Villarreal stalemate. SI.com, "Eden Hazard & James Rodriguez Passed Fit for Levante Clash," 11 Sep. 2019 But Grandpa’s already halfway down the hall, his limp stuttering on the marble. Veronica Chambers, New York Times, "Viewfinders: 10 Y.A. Novelists Spin Fiction From Vintage Photos," 28 June 2019 Chelsea got their pre-season campaign off to a somewhat underwhelming start on Wednesday evening, stuttering to a 1-1 draw with Bohemians. SI.com, "St. Patrick's Athletic vs Chelsea Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 12 July 2019 Photo: Bloomberg Sterling took a fresh battering this week as the stuttering Brexit process ground to a halt and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May resigned. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Theresa May’s Political Demise Is Noise for Investors," 24 May 2019 From stuttering to jaguars Rabinowitz grew up in New York with a severe stutter. Steve Winter, National Geographic, "The struggle to protect a vital jaguar corridor," 21 Aug. 2019 The Italian national team has suffered in recent years, stuttering and spluttering through every tournament since reaching the Euro 2012 final. SI.com, "6 Italian Youngsters Who Could Set Serie A Alight in 2019/20," 28 July 2019 LW - Raheem Sterling: After a somewhat stuttering start to life at Manchester City, Euro 2016 was probably Sterling's last great nadir. SI.com, "England 1-2 Iceland: Looking at Where Every Player from Both XIs of That Historic Game Is Now," 27 June 2019 In more than 40 posts so far, players have detailed a wide range of experiences, including struggles with motivation or stuttering, financial hardships and misdiagnosed injuries. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "Tennis Travails, Not Triumphs, Gain a Spotlight in an Instagram Series," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of stuttering

1595, in the meaning defined above

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10 Oct 2019

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stuttering

noun

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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