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stutter

verb [I] uk   /ˈstʌt.ər/  us   /ˈstʌt̬.ɚ/

stutter verb [I] (SPEAK)

to speak or say something, especially the first part of a word, with difficulty, for example pausing before it or repeating it several times: She stutters a bit, so let her finish what she's saying. [+ speech] "C-c-can we g-go now?" stuttered Jenkins.
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stutter verb [I] (NOT SMOOTH)

to work or happen in a way that is not smooth or regular: Suddenly the engine stuttered and then it stopped completely.
stutter
noun [C] uk   us  
Toni's developed a slight stutter over the last few months.
stutterer
noun [C] uk   /r/  us   //
stuttering
adjective uk   /-ɪŋ/  us   /ˈstʌt̬.ɚ-/
Stuttering (= sometimes good and sometimes bad) productivity figures over the last two years have made the industry unattractive to investors.
stutteringly
adverb uk   us   /-ɪŋ.li/
(Definition of stutter from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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