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English definition of “stutter”

stutter

verb [I] (SPEAK)    /ˈstʌt.ər/ US  /ˈstʌt̬.ɚ/
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. → Compare stammerSpeech impediments stutter     noun [C] Toni's developed a slight stutter over the last few months.Speech impediments stutterer     /r/ US  // noun [C] Speech impediments stuttering     /-ɪŋ/ US  /ˈstʌt̬.ɚ-/ adjective Stuttering (= sometimes good and sometimes bad) productivity figures over the last two years have made the industry unattractive to investors.Changing frequentlyChanging stutteringly     /-ɪŋ.li/ adverb Speech impediments
(Definition of stutter verb (SPEAK) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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