verb (used with or without object)
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OTHER WORDS FROM stutterstut·ter·er, nounstut·ter·ing·ly, adverbun·stut·tered, adjectiveun·stut·ter·ing, adjective
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What does stutter mean?
Stutter is to speak in a way in which the flow of speech is interrupted by repetitions, blocks, or prolonged sounds, as in He became so nervous that he started to stutter.
Stutter also refers to this distortion of speech, as in My uncle was talking to the man with a stutter.
The most commonly known form of stuttering is repetitions, either of partial words, as in I n-n-n-need water, or entire words, as in My-my-my back hurts.
Two other forms of stuttering include prolonged sounds or syllables, as in Sssssshe is nice to me or blocks, which are stops when a person is struggling to get a word out.
The word stammer is often used as a synonym for stutter, especially to describe temporary breaks in speech. However, stutter describes a wider range of speech distortions.
Example: The girl hated speaking in front of the class because her shyness made her stutter and repeat her words.
Where does stutter come from?
The first records of stutter come from around 1520. It comes from the Middle English stut.
When someone is said to have “a stutter,” this usually means the person’s speech pattern has frequent distortions. Especially in adults, this speech pattern has biological causes behind it and is often difficult or impossible to stop if it wasn’t treated as a child. A stutter does not indicate a lack of intelligence or thought.
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What are some other forms related to stutter?
- stutterer (noun)
- stuttering (noun, adjective)
- stutteringly (adverb)
- unstuttered (adjective)
- unstuttering (adjective)
What are some synonyms for stutter?
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How is stutter used in real life?
Many people stutter sometimes because they are nervous, but a stutter can also be a lifelong speaking disorder.
i stutter talking to attractive ppl sometimes and its so embarrassing 😭
— sydney 🕊 (@itsyddd) September 13, 2020
i stuttered when i was talking to the staples employee
— mo 🧸 (@albertcamusfan7) September 14, 2020
Stop using “did they stutter?” when you really mean to say that “they made a great point.”
It’s ableist as it implies that those of us who stutter aren’t able to portray great ideas.
— Joanna No Banana (@JoannaNoBanana) March 22, 2021
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Example sentences from the Web for stutter
Wall brought the ball up and, with Raul Neto in his sights, took a stutter step, accelerated, moved the ball behind his back then laid it in with his left hand.John Wall gets the best of the Wizards in their first game on opposite sides|Ava Wallace|January 27, 2021|Washington Post
JaMarcus had a stutter, and they mocked him with tongue twisters.For Years, JaMarcus Crews Tried to Get a New Kidney, but Corporate Healthcare Stood in the Way|by Lizzie Presser|December 15, 2020|ProPublica
The game involved taking tiny stutter steps and long strides without altering your pace or losing your momentum, regardless of where you were going.In a year without dance floors, Theo Parrish knows the way forward|Chris Richards|December 2, 2020|Washington Post
The cutscenes pop up without a stutter and it took me just over 12 seconds to get from the menu into the game itself.Video games feel different on the PlayStation 5 and that’s a good thing|Stan Horaczek|November 9, 2020|Popular Science
But, even with a pronounced stutter for the rest of his days, Moses survived.Jon Stewart and 'Meet The Press' Would Have Been One Unhappy Marriage|Lloyd Grove|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sometimes an f-word or a b-word is used in TV and movies like a stutter.
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|Jamie Dettmer|March 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was a boy of 14, Chicago born and raised, with a persistent stutter left over from an early bout with polio.From Emmett Till to Jordan Davis, a Foolish, Lethal Fear of Black Teens|Joshua DuBois|February 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Maybe the media, and professional sports, are just several stutter-steps behind the country on this one.Jason Collins Gets Media Bear Hug as the NBA Player Comes Out as Gay|Howard Kurtz|May 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Slight stutter ensues on the part of the Four Grenadiers; but they give one another the hint, and dash forward: "Prisoners?"History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XII. (of XXI.)|Thomas Carlyle
Look at the reports: the bulletins are confused; the commentaries are entangled; the latter stammer, the former stutter.
It was as if two men talked, one in rapid and clear-clipped syllables—the other in a stutter.A Pagan of the Hills|Charles Neville Buck
His gait was a shuffling trot, his utterance a rapid stutter.Haunted London|Walter Thornbury
Dick couldn't spell his own name—couldn't answer a question without a stutter.Averil|Rosa Nouchette Carey