Definition of "stammer" [stam•mer]

  • To speak with involuntary pauses or repetitions. (verb-intransitive)
  • To utter with involuntary pauses or repetitions. (verb-transitive)
  • A way of speaking characterized by involuntary pauses or repetitions. (noun)

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Use "stammer" in a sentence
  • "Without even the pretext of a synoptic bridge, he concludes: The stammer was a way of telling the world that he was not like others, a way of expressing his singularity."
  • "The stammer was a surprise, and the sudden nervous flickering of long brown lashes that briefly veiled the lively eyes was the first sign of unease Cadfael had detected in him."
  • "Probably the stammer is the effort of the young ones to sing."