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Definitions for stutter
ˈstʌt ərstut·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stammer, stutterverb

    a speech disorder involving hesitations and involuntary repetitions of certain sounds

  2. bumble, stutter, stammer, falterverb

    speak haltingly

    "The speaker faltered when he saw his opponent enter the room"


  1. stutternoun

    A speech disorder characterised by stuttering.

  2. stutterverb

    To speak with a spasmodic repetition of vocal sounds.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Stutter, Stutterernoun

    One that speaks with hesitation; a stammerer.

    Etymology: from stut.

    Many stutters are very cholerick, choler inducing a dryness in the tongue. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

  2. To STUT, To STUTTERverb

    To speak with hesitation; to stammer.

    Etymology: stutten, to hinder, Dutch.

    Divers stut: the cause is the refrigeration of the tongue, whereby it is less apt to move; and therefore naturals stut. Francis Bacon.


  1. Stutter

    Stuttering, also known as stammering, is a speech disorder in which the flow of speech is disrupted by involuntary repetitions and prolongations of sounds, syllables, words, or phrases as well as involuntary silent pauses or blocks in which the person who stutters is unable to produce sounds. The term stuttering is most commonly associated with involuntary sound repetition, but it also encompasses the abnormal hesitation or pausing before speech, referred to by people who stutter as blocks, and the prolongation of certain sounds, usually vowels or semivowels. According to Watkins et al., stuttering is a disorder of "selection, initiation, and execution of motor sequences necessary for fluent speech production". For many people who stutter, repetition is the main concern. The term "stuttering" covers a wide range of severity, from barely perceptible impediments that are largely cosmetic to severe symptoms that effectively prevent oral communication. Almost 70 million people worldwide stutter, about 1% of the world's population.The impact of stuttering on a person's functioning and emotional state can be severe. This may include fears of having to enunciate specific vowels or consonants, fears of being caught stuttering in social situations, self-imposed isolation, anxiety, stress, shame, low self-esteem, being a possible target of bullying (especially in children), having to use word substitution and rearrange words in a sentence to hide stuttering, or a feeling of "loss of control" during speech. Stuttering is sometimes popularly seen as a symptom of anxiety, but there is no direct correlation in that direction.Stuttering is generally not a problem with the physical production of speech sounds or putting thoughts into words. Acute nervousness and stress are not thought to cause stuttering, but they can trigger stuttering in people who have the speech disorder, and living with a stigmatized disability can result in anxiety and high allostatic stress load (chronic nervousness and stress) that increase the amount of acute stress necessary to trigger stuttering in any given person who stutters, worsening the situation in the manner of a positive feedback system; the name 'stuttered speech syndrome' has been proposed for this condition. Neither acute nor chronic stress, however, itself creates any predisposition to stuttering. The disorder is also variable, which means that in certain situations, such as talking on the telephone or in a large group, the stuttering might be more severe or less, depending on whether or not the person who stutters is self-conscious about their stuttering. People who stutter often find that their stuttering fluctuates and that they have "good" days, "bad" days and "stutter-free" days. The times in which their stuttering fluctuates can be random. Although the exact etiology, or cause, of stuttering is unknown, both genetics and neurophysiology are thought to contribute. There are many treatments and speech therapy techniques available that may help decrease speech disfluency in some people who stutter to the point where an untrained ear cannot identify a problem; however, there is essentially no cure for the disorder at present. The severity of the person's stuttering would correspond to the amount of speech therapy needed to decrease disfluency. For severe stuttering, long-term therapy and hard work is required to decrease disfluency.


  1. stutter

    Stutter is generally defined as a speech disorder characterized by the frequent repetition or prolongation of sounds, syllables, words, or phrases, as well as silent blocks or pauses during speech. This impediment may disrupt the normal flow and rhythm of speech, often causing emotional distress and social difficulties for the individual.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stutter

    to hesitate or stumble in uttering words; to speak with spasmodic repetition or pauses; to stammer

  2. Stutternoun

    the act of stuttering; a stammer. See Stammer, and Stuttering

  3. Stutternoun

    one who stutters; a stammerer

  4. Etymology: [Freq. of stut, OE. stoten; probably of Dutch or Low German origin; cf. D. & LG. stotteren, G. stottern, D. stooten to push, to strike; akin to G. stossen, Icel. stauta, Sw. stta, Dan. stde, Goth. stautan, L. tundere, Skr. tud to thrust. Cf. Contuse, Obtuse.]


  1. Stutter

    Stutter was the debut album from English band James, released in June 1986. The album was produced by Lenny Kaye, although the band had originally hoped to work with Brian Eno. After a bidding war between a number of labels, the album was released on Blanco y Negro, part of Sire. Artwork was provided by John Carroll. The album initially received positive responses in the UK and Germany where it was voted second best album of the year by writers of the influential indie magazine Spex. Allmusic called it "Thin, spiky, jagged folk music" and commented on the performances by the band: "Tim Booth is a mere bystander to his wild vocals while the rest of the band watch Gavan Whelan have an absolute fit on — what sounds like — four drum kits at once. This is shoddy, shameless chaos. Nothing more than a terribly produced mess of tragic rock-star baiting and deliberate discordance. An amazing debut." The Guardian listed Stutter as one of the "1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die", praising the record thus: "Before Madchester, and before the Horlicks rock of "Sit Down" became ubiquitous, James were an invigorating prospect: a folk-pop band apparently engaged in a bout of pro-wrestling with their instruments. Their debut album clangs like a grand piano tumbling downstairs - leaving singalong melodies in its wake."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stutter

    stut′ėr, v.i. to hesitate in speaking: to stammer.—n. the act of stuttering: a hesitation in speaking.—n. Stutt′erer, one who stutters.—adj. Stutt′ering, hesitating in speaking: stammering.—adv. Stutt′eringly. [A freq. of obs. stut, to stutter, M. E. stoten—Ice. stauta; cog. with Ger. stossen.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stutter in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stutter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of stutter in a Sentence

  1. Hugo Vickers:

    I’ve always thought Queen Elizabeth II should be called Elizabeth the Steadfast, i think it’s a perfect way of describing Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Elizabeth II was n’t necessarily expecting to be queen, and Queen Elizabeth II embraced that duty. ’’ As the elder daughter of King George V’s second son, Elizabeth, now 95, was expected to live the life of a minor royal when she was born on April 21, 1926. Dogs and horses, a country house, a suitable match — a comfortable but uneventful life — seemed her future. But everything changed a decade later when King Edward VIII, King Edward VIII, abdicated so King Edward VIII could marry the American divorcee Wallis Simpson. Elizabeth’s father became King George VI, making the young princess heir apparent. George VI, whose struggles to overcome a stutter were portrayed in the 2010 film.

  2. Christine Kreuder Johnson:

    Rabies is a good example, right ? rabies is very common around the world, but there are viruses like rabies that just jump into humans and then they stutter out. They only affect the human that the animal basically was in contact with, so they're limited.

  3. Owen Harrington:

    My wife and I have always tried to find various people my son can relate to that stutter, and I'd read that Former Vice President Joe Biden stuttered and he was really respectful and kind to others in the same situation, such as children.

  4. Joe Biden:

    The idea that I'd be intimidated by Donald Trump, joe Biden's Joe Biden that I knew my whole life. Joe Biden's Joe Biden that I've always stood up to. Joe Biden's the bully that used to make fun when I was a kid that I stutter, and I'd smack Joe Biden in the mouth.

  5. Jeffrey Halley:

    What are disturbing oil markets the most... is the Delta-variant Covid-19 strain which has vast swathes of the planet in its grip, that is increasing fears that the global recovery will stutter and become very uneven, thus reducing oil consumption even as OPEC + continues to increase production.

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