Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • With stammering; with stops or hesitation in speaking.

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

  • adverb In a stammering manner, done with a stammer or stutter.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

stammering +‎ -ly

Examples

  • _Ma ma ma ma ma ma ma ma ma ma_, the Chinese stammeringly say, and if the pitch and tone of each _ma_ are right, the meaning of the apparent repetition is, "Does Mother scold the horses, or will the horses scold Mother?"

    Beard

  • He stammeringly comments that "war is unforeseeable" when asked about the situation in an anonymous middle-eastern country about which he has no expertise.

    Michael Rugnetta: Staying In the Loop

  • Camilla, who at the beginning of this speech felt the highest glee, sunk involuntarily at its conclusion, and turning with a blank countenance to Mrs. Arlbery, stammeringly said: 'Can you, will you – be so very good, as not to take it ill if I don't go with you?'

    Camilla

  • Now she spoke hastily, stammeringly, in the tongue of the Norse, as if she had not so spoken in years.

    People of the Dark

  • The waiter, when this irony grew clearer, stammeringly assured him that the establishment had certainly no such intention; it must be a most curious mistake.

    The Father Brown Omnibus

  • He again checked himself, and Rhoda, much surprised, and even shocked, said, stammeringly — “I am sure, sir, that dear Charles would not intentionally say or do anything that could offend you.”

    The Evil Guest

  • The waiter, when this irony grew clearer, stammeringly assured him that the establishment had certainly no such intention; it must be a most curious mistake.

    The Complete Father Brown

  • The waiter, when this irony grew clearer, stammeringly assured him that the establishment had certainly no such intention; it must be a most curious mistake.

    The Complete Father Brown

  • I suggested (stammeringly) that he and the elders might like to come round and pray like it describes in James.

    sheepdip Diary Entry

  • 'I-er-I heard a noise,' said Alma, stammeringly for she was afraid of the Head.

    Fifth Formers at St. Clare's

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.