- 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[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.
NAmE//ˈstʌt̮ər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stutter
he / she / it stutters
past simple stuttered
-ing form stuttering