- to speak in such a way that the rhythm is interrupted by repetitions, blocks or spasms, or prolongations of sounds or syllables, sometimes accompanied by contortions of the face and body.
- distorted speech characterized principally by blocks or spasms interrupting the rhythm.
Origin of stutter
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Examples from the Web for stutter
Sometimes an f-word or a b-word is used in TV and movies like a stutter.‘Veep’ Is a F*@king Masterclass in Cursing
April 7, 2014
A thin man with a wisp of a goatee beard, he struggles with a stutter to explain what happened to him that day.Photographs Expose Russian-Trained Killers in Kiev
March 30, 2014
"He's really invigorated a number of people who stutter," says Jane Fraser, the president of the Stuttering Foundation in Memphis.'American Idol': Lazaro Arbos is the New Sanjaya
April 11, 2013
With Ambassador John Negroponte in place, halting dialogues could begin to splutter, and stutter, and stumble.What If the Iraq War Never Happened?
March 20, 2013
“I had been doing speech therapy, and it had been making me more aware of the stutter, which actually made it worse,” he says.Ezra Miller on ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower,’ Being Bisexual & More
September 18, 2012
A brusque question caused him to stutter to the point of suffocation.The Secret Agent
This family, sir, is called Dalton, and not even a stutter can make that Dawkins.The Daltons, Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
Have you ever heard a light-yellow, lean, sad, earnest Chinaman stutter in Pidgin-English?A Personal Record
We had no warning, you see,” said Stutter, “that things were changed.The Willoughby Captains
Talbot Baines Reed
One happy word from you would save me a relapse into stutter.What Will He Do With It, Complete
- to speak (a word, phrase, etc) with recurring repetition of consonants, esp initial ones
- to make (an abrupt sound) repeatedlythe gun stuttered
- the act or habit of stuttering
- a stuttering sound
Word Origin and History for stutter
1560s, frequentative form of stutt, from Middle English stutten "to stutter, stammer" (late 14c.), cognate with Middle Low German stoten "to knock, strike against, collide," from Proto-Germanic *staut- "push, thrust" (cf. Old English stotan, Old High German stozan, Gothic stautan "to push, thrust"), from PIE *(s)teu- (see steep (adj.)). The noun is attested from 1854.
- A phonatory or articulatory disorder characterized by difficult enunciation of words with frequent halting and repetition of the initial consonant or syllable.
- To utter with spasmodic repetition or prolongation of sounds.
- A speech disorder characterized by spasmodic repetition of the initial consonant or syllable of words and frequent pauses or prolongation of sounds.