- to speak with involuntary breaks and pauses, or with spasmodic repetitions of syllables or sounds.
- to say with a stammer (often followed by out).
- a stammering mode of utterance.
- a stammered utterance.
Origin of stammer
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Examples from the Web for stammer
All she could stammer, however, was, “It would be an honor.”Iran Hikers' Two-Year Ordeal
September 14, 2011
As an adult, I have heard people affecting a stammer or a stutter.
This was the unhappy and astonishing birth of my stammer or at least my first gripping self-conscious awareness of it.
But I also had an index in the back of my diary that explained that famul meant stutter of stammer.
But the wish to laugh had returned, and made her stammer, interrupting her at each word.The Dream
He backed, and began to stammer an apology; but she did not wait to hear a word of it.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
He was alone, beside himself, with livid face and scarce able to stammer.Fruitfulness
The best he could do was to stammer a hope that she would not be obliged to sell the house.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
Her "guess" was so close to the truth that I could only stammer and hesitate.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
- to speak or say (something) in a hesitant way, esp as a result of a speech disorder or through fear, stress, etc
- a speech disorder characterized by involuntary repetitions and hesitations
Word Origin and History for stammer
Old English stamerian, from West Germanic *stamrojan (cf. Old Norse stammr, Old High German stam, Gothic stamms "stammering," Middle Dutch stameren, German stammeln "to stammer," Old Frisian and German stumm "dumb"), from PIE root *stam-, *stum- "check, impede" (see stem (v.)).
- A speech disorder characterized by hesitation and repetition of sounds, or by mispronunciation or transposition of certain consonants, especially l, r, and s.
- To speak with a stammer.