stammer

[ stam-er ]
/ ˈstæm ər /

verb (used without object)

to speak with involuntary breaks and pauses, or with spasmodic repetitions of syllables or sounds.

verb (used with object)

to say with a stammer (often followed by out).

noun

a stammering mode of utterance.
a stammered utterance.

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Origin of stammer

First recorded before 1000; Middle English stammeren (verb), Old English stamerian (cognate with German stammern), equivalent to stam “stammering” + -erian-er6; akin to Old Norse stamma “to stammer,” Gothic stams “stammering”

synonym study for stammer

1. Stammer, stutter mean to speak with some form of difficulty. Stammer, the general term, suggests a speech difficulty that results in broken or inarticulate sounds and sometimes in complete stoppage of speech; it may be temporary, caused by sudden excitement, confusion, embarrassment, or other emotion, or it may be so deep-seated as to require special treatment for its correction. Stutter, the parallel term preferred in technical usage, designates a broad range of defects that produce spasmodic interruptions of the speech rhythm, repetitions, or prolongations of sounds or syllables: The child's stutter was no mere stammer of embarrassment.

OTHER WORDS FROM stammer

stam·mer·er, nounstam·mer·ing·ly, adverbun·stam·mer·ing, adjectiveun·stam·mer·ing·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH stammer

stammer , stutter (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for stammer

stammer
/ (ˈstæmə) /

verb

to speak or say (something) in a hesitant way, esp as a result of a speech disorder or through fear, stress, etc

noun

a speech disorder characterized by involuntary repetitions and hesitations

Derived forms of stammer

stammerer, nounstammering, noun, adjectivestammeringly, adverb

Word Origin for stammer

Old English stamerian; related to Old Saxon stamarōn, Old High German stamm
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Medical definitions for stammer

stammer
[ stămər ]

n.

A speech disorder characterized by hesitation and repetition of sounds, or by mispronunciation or transposition of certain consonants, especially l, r, and s.

v.

To speak with a stammer.
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