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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]
References in classic literature ?
So great was it, that in a voice inarticulate with rage, with a stammering tongue, and eyes that flashed living fire, he exclaimed, "Rascally clown, boorish, insolent, and ignorant, ill-spoken, foul-mouthed, impudent backbiter and slanderer
You have found me in a strange position, Liza," I began, stammering and knowing that this was the wrong way to begin.
Tess, who had been quite unconscious of her action and mien, instantly withdrew the large dark gaze of her eyes, stammering with a flush, "I beg your pardon
Did you read mankind, you would know that the lad's shy stammering tells a truer tale than our bold eloquence.