stammer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v stammer speak haltingly "The speaker faltered when he saw his opponent enter the room"
    • n stammer a speech disorder involving hesitations and involuntary repetitions of certain sounds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Stammer Defective utterance, or involuntary interruption of utterance; a stutter.
    • v. i Stammer stăm"mẽr To make involuntary stops in uttering syllables or words; to hesitate or falter in speaking; to speak with stops and difficulty; to stutter. "I would thou couldst stammer , that thou mightest pour this concealed man out of thy mouth, as wine comes out of a narrow-mouthed bottle, either too much at once, or none at all."
    • v. t Stammer stăm"mẽr To utter or pronounce with hesitation or imperfectly; -- sometimes with out.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • stammer To hesitate or falter in speaking; hence, to speak with involuntary breaks and pauses.
    • stammer To stumble or stagger.
    • stammer Synonyms Falter, Stammer, Stutter. He who falters weakens or breaks more or less completely in utterance; the act is occasional, not habitual, and for reasons that are primarily moral, belong to the occasion, and may be various. He who stammers has great difficulty in uttering anything; the act may be occasional or habitual; the cause is confusion, shyness, timidity, or actual fear; the result is broken and inarticulate sounds that seem to stick in the mouth, and sometimes complete suppression of voice. He who stutters makes sounds that are not what he desires to make; the act is almost always habitual, especially in its worst forms; the cause is often excitement; the result is a quick repetition of some one sound that is initial in a word that the person desires to utter, as c-c-c-c-catch.
    • stammer To utter or pronounce with hesitation or imperfectly; especially, to utter with involuntary breaks or catches: frequently with out.
    • n stammer Defective utterance; a stutter: as, to be troubled with a stammer. See stammering.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Stammer stam′ėr to halt in one's speech, the result of failure in co-ordinate action of certain muscles and their appropriate nerves: to falter in speaking: to stutter
    • v.t Stammer to utter with hesitation
    • n Stammer hesitation in speech: defective utterance
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Quotations

  • Patrick Campbell
    Patrick Campbell
    “From my earliest days I have enjoyed an attractive impediment in my speech. I have never permitted the use of the word stammer. I can't say it myself.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. stameren, fr. AS. stamur, stamer, stammering; akin to D. & LG. stameren, to stammer, G. stammeln, OHG. stammalōn, stammēn, Dan. stamme, Sw. stamma, Icel. stama, stamma, OHG. & Dan. stam, stammering, Icel. stamr, Goth. stamms, and to G. stemmen, to bear against, stumm, dumb, D. stom,. Cf. Stem to resist, Stumble

Usage

In literature:

As he paused before Marie's bed and beheld her, stammering entreaties with joined hands, he again paused.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
Unable to believe his eyes, he hedged and stammered.
"The Fortune Hunter" by Louis Joseph Vance
He was alone, beside himself, with livid face and scarce able to stammer.
"Fruitfulness Fecondite" by Emile Zola
And now you stammer out those halting words.
"Right Ho, Jeeves" by P. G. Wodehouse
I stammered the name of Miss Angelina Lascelles.
"In the Days of My Youth" by Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
And from out all their mouths, vaguely stammered in every language, came the dismal utterances of the catacombs.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Young ladies who danced divinely found his stork-like hopping pleasing, and his stammering French delightful.
"The Purple Heights" by Marie Conway Oemler
She stammered out that the doctor must have started on his round of visits.
"A Love Episode" by Emile Zola
A very curious fact is, that stammering is less frequent in the north of France than in the south.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII, No. 29. August, 1873." by Various
We have already touched upon stammering.
"Poise: How to Attain It" by D. Starke
She hesitated, stammered, then stopped short.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls Under Canvas" by Janet Aldridge
The mascot stammers so that communication with him is restricted to his answers of yes and no.
"David Lockwin--The People's Idol" by John McGovern
She was wondering why he would not look at her, why he flushed and stammered when he spoke to her.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
Finally he said in a stammering voice that he hoped there would be no objection.
"'Doc.' Gordon" by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman
Peter stammered that they were quite well.
"The Lee Shore" by Rose Macaulay
The boy paled, flushed, then stammered out his answer.
"The House of the Misty Star" by Fannie Caldwell Macaulay
I am beginning to stammer out a little Arabic, but find it horribly difficult.
"Letters from Egypt" by Lucie Duff Gordon
Why should a lover stammer and confuse his verbs?
"The Spinster Book" by Myrtle Reed
The child stammered a word or two of apology, but the other did not listen.
"Jack" by Alphonse Daudet
Blushing and stammering, and trying to straighten his black curls, Pete came at Nancy's call.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
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In poetry:

'Shells with lip, or tooth, or bleeding gum,
Tell-tale shells, and shells that whisper Come,
Shells that stammer, blush, and yet are dumb——'
'O let me hear.'
"A Duet" by Thomas Sturge Moore
I cannot grasp that glory with my hand,
Nor clasp my wonder in the casket choice
Of undulant words or words of the straight voice--
I, stammering of speech and halt of hand.
"With Only This For Likeness, Only These Words " by Thomas MacDonagh
I try this little leap,
Wishing that from the deep,
I might some pearl of song adventurous bring.
Despairing, here I stop,
And my poor offering drop,--
Why stammer I when thou art here to sing?
"Tribute To Oliver Wendell Holmes" by Julia Ward Howe
Creator!—that infinity
Is but an atom-speck to Thee,
And what is man? and how can he,
With stammering lips and bended knee,
Look upward—upward? Yea, he can,
Because Thy grace has beamed on man.
"Hymn: The Minstrel Harp of Poetry" by John Bowring
Pure knowledge from this tainted well,
And now hears voices yet unheard
Within it, and without it sees
That world of which the poets tell
Their vision in the stammered word
Of those that wake from piercing ecstasies.
"Revelation" by Aldous Huxley
Do they say, "Be content with the land of the Innis Fail,
O and O! there is friendship here, there is song."
But they smile to your face, when you turn they stammer and rail
And the song of the singer has tears and is over long!
"Tir Nan Og" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay

In news:

Donald Trump stammered when asked if Jason Binn , the 31-year-old publisher of Hamptons, Ocean Drive and Palm Beach magazines, was the developer's best friend.
Grown men who have seen a few things in their day -- stammer in awe.
Colin Firth plays a stammering King George VI in "The King's Speech".
The Stammering Century, Gilbert Seldes's history of 19th century American religious movements and their leaders.
A few times memory and focus failed to the point of sputtering and stammering, until the Jeopardy-like, improvised delivery of the mangled line in the form of a question finally stopped the wide-eyed spluttering.
Colin Firth had to go above and beyond his usual craft to come up with a credible stammer for his Oscar-winning role in 'The King's Speech,' which also won Best Picture.
Colin Firth plays a convincing monarch, stammer and all, in 'The King's Speech.
He employs the intellectual stammer.
Gilbert Seldes, the author of The Stammering Century, writes.
Stammering State Department Secretary Rice ducks the question: Will the US boycott Durban II.
The movie, which was written by a man who stutters , shows numerous scenes where King George VI, played by Colin Firth, tries to master his stammer.
"That reminds me of the movies Marty made about New York," stammered Lou Reed somewhere in the mid-'80s.
This common refrain toward the close of a job interview can make even the best of us stammer when the tables are turned.
Josh Hartnett stammers over recent hot date with Rihanna.
Today's DVD/Blu-Ray Releases include a stammering King, a clever wizard, a giant Jack Black, and a movie dealing with losing a child.
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In science:

We are now ready to state our transcendence criterion for (general) stammering continued fractions.
On the complexity of algebraic numbers II. Continued fractions
Theorem ABL is as strong for ‘purely’ stammering sequences as for general stammering sequences, provided that the repetitions do not occur too far away from the beginning of the infinite word.
On the complexity of algebraic numbers II. Continued fractions
Equivalent with this last statement is that for a shortest gallery from a chamber C∞ containing S∞ to a chamber C ′ ∞ containing S ′ ∞ (‘shortest’ meaning minimal over all choices of C∞ and C ′ ∞ ), the corresponding gallery in the residue Λβ between the germs of sectors [C ]β to [C ′ ]β always is non-stammering.
(Non-)completeness of R-buildings and fixed point theorems
Hoteit, I., Khol, A., Stammer, D. and Heimbach, P., 2003: A reduced-order optimization strategy for four dimensional variational data assimilation.
A reduced-order strategy for 4D-Var data assimilation
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