stutter

[ stuht-er ]
/ ˈstʌt ər /

verb (used with or without object)

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.

noun

distorted speech characterized principally by blocks or spasms interrupting the rhythm.

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Origin of stutter

First recorded in 1520–30; earlier stut (Middle English stutten “to stutter”) + -er6; compare Dutch stotteren,Middle Low German stotern in the same sense

synonym study for stutter

1. See stammer.

OTHER WORDS FROM stutter

stut·ter·er, nounstut·ter·ing·ly, adverbun·stut·tered, adjectiveun·stut·ter·ing, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH stutter

stammer, stutter (see synonym study at stammer).
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British Dictionary definitions for stutter

stutter
/ (ˈstʌtə) /

verb

to speak (a word, phrase, etc) with recurring repetition of consonants, esp initial ones
to make (an abrupt sound) repeatedlythe gun stuttered

noun

the act or habit of stuttering
a stuttering sound

Derived forms of stutter

stutterer, nounstuttering, noun, adjectivestutteringly, adverb

Word Origin for stutter

C16: related to Middle Low German stötern, Old High German stōzan to push against, Latin tundere to beat
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Medical definitions for stutter

stutter
[ stŭtər ]

n.

A phonatory or articulatory disorder characterized by difficult enunciation of words with frequent halting and repetition of the initial consonant or syllable.

v.

To utter with spasmodic repetition or prolongation of sounds.
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Scientific definitions for stutter

stutter
[ stŭtər ]

A speech disorder characterized by spasmodic repetition of the initial consonant or syllable of words and frequent pauses or prolongation of sounds.
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