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stam·mer

(stam'ĕr),
1. To hesitate in speech, halt, repeat, and mispronounce, by reason of embarrassment, agitation, unfamiliarity with the topic, or as yet unidentified physiologic causes. Compare: stutter.
2. To mispronounce or transpose certain consonants in speech.
[A.S. stamur]

stammer

(stăm′ər)
v. stam·mered, stam·mering, stam·mers
v.intr.
To speak with involuntary pauses or repetitions.
v.tr.
To utter with involuntary pauses or repetitions.
n.
A way of speaking characterized by involuntary pauses or repetitions.

stam′mer·er n.
stam′mer·ing·ly adv.

stam·mer

(stam'ĕr)
To hesitate in speech, halt, repeat, and mispronounce, by reason of embarrassment, agitation, unfamiliarity with the topic, or as yet unidentified physiologic causes.
[A.S. stamur]
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The therapist quips: "You still stammered on the W," and the King replies: "Well, I had to throw in a few, so they knew it was me.
Alan, now 30, has stammered since he was seven and couldn't bear the thought of struggling his way through his vows in front of a chapel full of wedding guests.
An estimated 3m of Britain's current population is thought to suffer from stammering or to have stammered in the past.
Twenty-nine-year-old Jamie, from Pant, Merthyr Tydfil, has stammered since he was seven.
Graeme Duffin, 48, who has stammered since the age of seven, said he was finally able to control the speech impediment which had blighted his life.
The Scots star told fans: "I stammered and for periods I felt mortified.
It may be hard to believe, but some of the world's greatest leaders stammered.