From Middle English stameren, from Old English stamerian, from Proto-West Germanic *stamrōn, from Proto-Germanic *stamrōną (“to stammer”). Compare German stammeln, Dutch stameren, Old Norse stammr. Doublet of stumble.
- (intransitive) To keep repeating a particular sound involuntarily during speech.
- (transitive) To utter with a stammer, or with timid hesitancy.
- He blushed, and stammered a few words of apology.
- 1927-29, M.K. Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments with Truth, translated 1940 by Mahadev Desai, Part I, Chapter xi:
- The high school had a send-off in my honour. It was an uncommon thing for a young man of Rajkot to go to England. I had written out a few words of thanks. But I could scarcely stammer them out. I remember how my head reeled and how my whole frame shook as I stood up to read them.
stammer (plural stammers)
- The involuntary repetition of a sound in speech.
- She said goodbye in a stammer.
- A speech defect whereby someone speaks with a stammer
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