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

     

    stutter

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈstʌtə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstʌtər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stutter
    BrE BrE//ˈstʌtə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstʌtər//
     
    he / she / it stutters
    BrE BrE//ˈstʌtəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstʌtərz//
     
    past simple stuttered
    BrE BrE//ˈstʌtəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstʌtərd//
     
    past participle stuttered
    BrE BrE//ˈstʌtəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstʌtərd//
     
    -ing form stuttering
    BrE BrE//ˈstʌtərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstʌtərɪŋ//
     
     
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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.
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent. (as a verb): frequentative of dialect stut, of Germanic origin; related to German stossen ‘strike against’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stutter

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