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stammer

[stam-er]
verb (used without object)
1.
to speak with involuntary breaks and pauses, or with spasmodic repetitions of syllables or sounds.
verb (used with object)
2.
to say with a stammer (often followed by out ).
noun
3.
a stammering mode of utterance.
4.
a stammered utterance.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English stammeren (v.), Old English stamerian (cognate with German stammern), equivalent to stam stammering + -erian -er6; akin to Old Norse stamma to stammer, Gothic stams stammering

stammerer, noun
stammeringly, adverb
unstammering, adjective
unstammeringly, adverb

stammer, stutter (see synonym study at the current entry).


1. pause, hesitate, falter. 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.
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stammer (ˈstæmə)
 
vb
1.  to speak or say (something) in a hesitant way, esp as a result of a speech disorder or through fear, stress, etc
 
n
2.  a speech disorder characterized by involuntary repetitions and hesitations
 
[Old English stamerian; related to Old Saxon stamarōn, Old High German stamm]
 
'stammerer
 
n
 
'stammering
 
n, —adj
 
'stammeringly
 
adv

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stammer
O.E. stamerian, from W.Gmc. *stamrojan (cf. O.N. stammr, O.H.G. stam, Goth. stamms "stammering," M.Du. stameren, Ger. stammeln "to stammer," O.Fris., Ger. stumm "dumb"), from PIE base *stam-, *stum- "check, impede" (see stem (v.)).
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stammer stam·mer (stām'ər)
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. stam·mered, stam·mer·ing, stam·mers
To speak with a stammer.

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