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Definition of stutter verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stutter
    he / she / it stutters
    past simple stuttered
    -ing form stuttering
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to have difficulty speaking because you cannot stop yourself from repeating the first sound of some words several times synonym stammer + speech “W-w-what?” he stuttered. stutter (something) I managed to stutter a reply.
  2. 2[intransitive] (of a vehicle or an engine) to move or start with difficulty, making short sharp noises or movements The car stuttered along in first gear.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: stutter

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