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Definition of stammer verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

stammer

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈstæmə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstæmər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stammer
BrE BrE//ˈstæmə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstæmər//
 
he / she / it stammers
BrE BrE//ˈstæməz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstæmərz//
 
past simple stammered
BrE BrE//ˈstæməd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstæmərd//
 
past participle stammered
BrE BrE//ˈstæməd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstæmərd//
 
-ing form stammering
BrE BrE//ˈstæmərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstæmərɪŋ//
 
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[intransitive, transitive] to speak with difficulty, repeating sounds or words and often stopping, before saying things correctly synonym stutter Many children stammer but grow out of it. + speech ‘W-w-what?’ he stammered. stammer something (out) She was barely able to stammer out a description of her attacker. See related entries: Language skills Word Origin late Old English stamerian, of West Germanic origin; related to stumble. The noun dates from the late 18th cent.
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