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stammer

verb [I or T]     /ˈstæm.ər/ US  //
to speak or say something with unusual pauses or repeated sounds, either because of speech problems or because of fear and anxiety: [+ speech] "Wh-when can we g-go?" she stammered. He dialled 999 and stammered (out) his name and address. → Compare stutterSpeech impediments stammer     noun [C usually singular] Robert has a bit of a stammer.Speech impediments stammeringly     /-ɪŋ.li/ adverb Speech impediments
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