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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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He said that when he memorized words, he didn't stutter, which was just miraculous.
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.
The film captures his address to young people who stutter at the annual convention of Friends, a national support group for kids.
Like King George VI in "The King's Speech," singing is one way that people who stutter can find at least temporary fluency.
He did report that his family missed the "old 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).
General rules applicable to anyone who listens to someone who stutters are listed in a brochure put out by the Stuttering Foundation of America (SFA, 1993) The rules include the following:
However, if the child is bilingual and he of she begins to stutter, there are steps the parents can take to help.
Based in New York, the association is the largest organization of people who stutter in the world.
Three different operant-based, contingency management establishment treatment programs for children have emerged and been supported by extensive treatment efficacy research (TER): the Lidcombe, Gradual increase in Length and Complexity of Utterance (GILCU), and Prolonged Speech (PS) (Bothe, 2002; Conture, 1996, Cordes, 1998; Onslow, 1996; Ryan, 1974, 2001d): They constitute a major part of the present evidence-based practice (EBP) or treatment (Ingham, 2003) with people who stutter.
If the results were not so unfortunate, it might be amusing to hear claims that Johnson was wrong because some parents report that their children no longer stutter and that they did call it "stuttering.
The self-perception of an individual who stutters is thought to be a critical influence in the perpetuation of a cycle that either maintains disfluency or promotes greater facility in speaking (Harrison, 1993).