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stammer

verb [I or T] uk   /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.
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stammer
noun [C usually singular] uk   us  
Robert has a bit of a stammer.
stammeringly
adverb uk   /-ɪŋ.li/ us  
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