Meaning of “stammer” in the English Dictionary

"stammer" in British English

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stammerverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˈstæm.ər/ us /ˈstæm.ɚ/

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 /ˈstæm.ər.ɪŋ.li/ us /ˈstæm.ɚ.ɪŋ.li/

(Definition of “stammer” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"stammer" in American English

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stammerverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈstæm·ər/

to speak or say something with unusual pauses or repeated sounds; stutter:

[ I ] He stammers when he is nervous.
stammer
noun [ U ] us /ˈstæm·ər/

Robert has a slight stammer which was much worse when he was younger.

(Definition of “stammer” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)