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To speak dysfluently; to enunciate certain words with difficulty and with frequent halting and repetition of the initial consonant of a word or syllable.
[frequentative of stut, from Goth. stautan, to strike]


intr. & tr.v. stut·tered, stut·tering, stut·ters
To speak or utter with a spasmodic repetition or prolongation of sounds.
The act or habit of stuttering.

stut′ter·er n.
stut′ter·ing·ly adv.
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While approximately 75 per cent of those who stutter in childhood are said to outgrow it when they become adults, there is no way to find out whether one would be able to get out of it.
For African-American males, particularly those who stutter, these negative messages from society can result in feelings of inferiority.
Unfortunately, many interviewers are put off by a potential employee's stutter and fail to capitalize on what that person is truly capable of accomplishing.
Have a one-on-one conversation with the student who stutters about needed accommodations in the classroom.
We hope a copy of The King's Speech DVD will end up in the home of every person who stutters and in schools and universities around the world," added Fraser.
Like King George VI in "The King's Speech," singing is one way that people who stutter can find at least temporary fluency.
The researchers also tested 96 people in Pakistan and 276 in North America who didn't stutter, as a control group.
Mr Stutter left Holyhead beach in a boat which was "unsuitable for the sea" at around 7am on March 30 - a day when it was the biggest astronomical tide of the year.
Adults who stutter show the same tract abnormalities as do children, but also show asymmetry in gray-matter volume, suggesting that the gray-matter findings in adults reflect neuroplastic changes secondary to a lifetime of stuttering.
Jake is smitten with her immediately, but is unable to express his thoughts or feelings adequately because of a crippling stutter.
Also, people who stutter tend to have less airflow during speech difficulties involving the coordination of laryngeal muscles, which results in decreased air volume in the lungs before speech initiation (Stager, Denman, and Ludlow, 1997).
Parents who notice their child beginning to stutter should seek help right away.