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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To speak with involuntary pauses or repetitions.
  • intransitive verb To utter with involuntary pauses or repetitions.
  • noun A way of speaking characterized by involuntary pauses or repetitions.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Defective utterance; a stutter: as, to be troubled with a stammer. See stammering.
  • To hesitate or falter in speaking; hence, to speak with involuntary breaks and pauses.
  • To stumble or stagger.
  • Synonyms Falter, Stammer, Stutter. He who falters weakens or breaks more or less completely in utterance; the act is occasional, not habitual, and for reasons that are primarily moral, belong to the occasion, and may be various. He who stammers has great difficulty in uttering anything; the act may be occasional or habitual; the cause is confusion, shyness, timidity, or actual fear; the result is broken and inarticulate sounds that seem to stick in the mouth, and sometimes complete suppression of voice. He who stutters makes sounds that are not what he desires to make; the act is almost always habitual, especially in its worst forms; the cause is often excitement; the result is a quick repetition of some one sound that is initial in a word that the person desires to utter, as c-c-c-c-catch.
  • To utter or pronounce with hesitation or imperfectly; especially, to utter with involuntary breaks or catches: frequently with out.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Defective utterance, or involuntary interruption of utterance; a stutter.
  • transitive verb To utter or pronounce with hesitation or imperfectly; -- sometimes with out.
  • intransitive verb To make involuntary stops in uttering syllables or words; to hesitate or falter in speaking; to speak with stops and difficulty; to stutter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To keep repeating a particular sound involuntarily.
  • noun The involuntary repetition of a sound in speech.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb speak haltingly
  • noun a speech disorder involving hesitations and involuntary repetitions of certain sounds

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English stameren, from Old English stamerian.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English stamerian. Cf. German stammeln.

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