stutter

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Etymology[edit]

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From Middle English stutten, stoten (stutter); cognate with Dutch stotteren (stutter).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈstʌtɚ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌtə(ɹ)

Verb[edit]

stutter (third-person singular simple present stutters, present participle stuttering, simple past and past participle stuttered)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To speak with a spasmodic repetition of vocal sounds.
    He stuttered a few words of thanks.
  2. (intransitive) To exhaust a gas with difficulty
    The engine of the old car stuttered going up the slope. I was stuttering after the marathon.

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  • (speak with spasmodic repetition): stammer

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Noun[edit]

stutter (plural stutters)

  1. A speech disorder characterised by stuttering.
    Synonym: stammer
  2. (obsolete) One who stutters.
    Synonyms: stutterer, stammerer
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, London: William Lee, IV. Century, p. 103,[1]
      And many Stutters (we finde) are very Cholericke Men; Choler Enducing a Drinesse in the Tongue.

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