Definition of stutter in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstədər/


[no object]
1Talk with continued involuntary repetition of sounds, especially initial consonants: the child was stuttering in fright
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  • Kayelle continued, stuttering, trying to catch her breath, ‘I didn't know. didn't know what. what.’
  • When I began stuttering, he continued, ‘Now that should teach you not to spread lies about how I'm incapable of sleeping in my boxers.’
  • Geb and Sahib stuttered in fright and pointed behind her.
1.1 [with object] Utter with involuntary repetition of sounds: he shyly stuttered out an invitation to the movies [with direct speech]: “W-what’s happened?” she stuttered
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  • I stuttered an ineffective argument as my old pals shame and embarrassment rose to the fore - thus the vicious circle was complete.
  • I stuttered a hello back and then glanced down to see if I was wearing a nametag.
  • Barnabas stutters a bit, and Harrison sees the doll in his hand.
1.2(Of a machine or gun) produce a series of short, sharp sounds: she flinched as a machine gun stuttered nearby
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  • Computer screens glow, fax machines stutter out reams of paper and the filing cabinets which line every wall bulge with thousands of documents.
  • The cabbie walked back to his cab, which stood, engine still stuttering, like a big black hesitation.
  • The moment the Dura's twin engines stuttered and vibrated into life in a cacophony of backfiring and oily blue smoke, Kara's resolve suddenly deserted her.


1A tendency to stutter while speaking.
Example sentences
  • Well mannered and quiet, with a stutter in his speaking voice - but not his singing one - Thompson nonetheless has an air of defiance about him.
  • He knew he was ready, knew it was real, knew it was her, and the words came without a stutter or a stammer.
  • What a nightmare: being afflicted with a stutter, and having to give an acceptance speech in front of the largest global live audience that a civilian can get.
1.1A series of short, sharp sounds produced by a machine or gun.
Example sentences
  • If you go forward it goes forward, if you go back and forth, the image and sound stutters in the DJ style.
  • Unpleasant like the faint nausea of the initial stutter and sharp turns of a car journey.
  • The title track and ‘Palermo’ present electronic soundscapes full of blips and stutters, the silver sound of spoons and a humming that could be the sound of muted, slightly exhausted wisdom.



Pronunciation: /ˈstəd(ə)rər/
Example sentences
  • Possibly stutterers may be shy or hostile because of developmental origins at an oral dependent-incorporative level.
  • But I know a number of stutterers now who I feel very sorry for, because I can see how inhibiting it is for them, and how crippling.
  • So the inspector went to the back of the class, sat down at the stutterer's desk facing him, put his hand over the boy's hand, and asked the question again.




Late 16th century (as a verb): frequentative of dialect stut, of Germanic origin; related to German stossen 'strike against'.

Words that rhyme with stutter

abutter, aflutter, butter, Calcutta, clutter, constructor, cutter, declutter, flutter, gutter, mutter, nutter, scutter, shutter, splutter, sputter, strutter, utter

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Syllabification: stut·ter

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