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stutter

[stuht-er]
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. 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.
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noun
  1. distorted speech characterized principally by blocks or spasms interrupting the rhythm.
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Origin of stutter

1520–30; earlier stut (Middle English stutten to stutter) + -er6; compare Dutch stotteren, Middle Low German stotern in same sense
Related formsstut·ter·er, nounstut·ter·ing·ly, adverbun·stut·tered, adjectiveun·stut·ter·ing, adjective
Can be confusedstammer stutter (see synonym study at stammer)

Synonyms for stutter

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1. See stammer.
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Related Words for stutter

sputter, stammer, falter, hesitate, stumble, splutter, dribble

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British Dictionary definitions for stutter

stutter

verb
  1. to speak (a word, phrase, etc) with recurring repetition of consonants, esp initial ones
  2. to make (an abrupt sound) repeatedlythe gun stuttered
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noun
  1. the act or habit of stuttering
  2. a stuttering sound
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Derived Formsstutterer, 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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Word Origin and History for stutter

v.

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.

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stutter in Medicine

stutter

(stŭtər)
n.
  1. A phonatory or articulatory disorder characterized by difficult enunciation of words with frequent halting and repetition of the initial consonant or syllable.
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v.
  1. To utter with spasmodic repetition or prolongation of sounds.
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stutter in Science

stutter

[stŭtər]
  1. 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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