verb (used with object), verb (used 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.
distorted speech characterized principally by blocks or spasms interrupting the rhythm.

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

stutterer, noun
stutteringly, adverb
unstuttered, adjective
unstuttering, adjective

stammer, stutter (see synonym study at stammer).

1. See stammer. Unabridged
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stutter (ˈstʌtə)
1.  to speak (a word, phrase, etc) with recurring repetition of consonants, esp initial ones
2.  to make (an abrupt sound) repeatedly: the gun stuttered
3.  the act or habit of stuttering
4.  a stuttering sound
[C16: related to Middle Low German stötern, Old High German stōzan to push against, Latin tundere to beat]
n, —adj

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Word Origin & History

1570, frequentative form of stutt, from M.E. stutten "to stutter, stammer" (1388), cognate with M.L.G. stoten "to knock, strike against, collide," from P.Gmc. *staut- "push, thrust" (cf. O.E. stotan, O.H.G. stozan, Goth. stautan "to push, thrust"), from PIE *(s)teu- (see
steep (adj.)). The noun is attested from 1854.
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Medical Dictionary

stutter stut·ter (stŭt'ər)
A phonatory or articulatory disorder characterized by difficult enunciation of words with frequent halting and repetition of the initial consonant or syllable. v. stut·tered, stut·ter·ing, stut·ters
To utter with spasmodic repetition or prolongation of sounds.

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Science Dictionary
stutter   (stŭt'ər)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Example sentences
Some people who stutter find that they don't stutter when they read aloud or
He has tools, as he puts it, to control the stutter.
They might well sweat, stutter or misspeak when pressured by crafty
  prosecutors, and be wrongly convicted.
Skip flavors that scream with high notes or stutter with chunks.
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