verb (used with or without object)
Origin of stutter
Examples from the Web for stutter
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's really invigorated a number of people who stutter," says Jane Fraser, the president of the Stuttering Foundation in Memphis.
With Ambassador John Negroponte in place, halting dialogues could begin to splutter, and stutter, and stumble.
“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|Marlow Stern|September 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Hal attempted to stutter out some answer, but a big lump rose in his throat, making him almost choke.Under the Star-Spangled Banner|F. S. Brereton
I tell yer, Mr. Winston, it just don't seem nat'ral; 't ain't a bit like Stutter fer ter act in that way.Beth Norvell|Randall Parrish
The Boy glared at him and began to stutter, "You let my clothes alone, d'ye hear?"
Some said, indeed, that Mrs. Church's stutter had been assumed in filial piety for this very purpose.The House by the River|A. P. Herbert
But then we mistake, stutter, and do not so much as understand ourselves.The Existence of God|Francois de Salignac de La Mothe- Fenelon
British Dictionary definitions for stutter
Word Origin for stutter
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.