Stammer Stam"mer (st[a^]m"m[~e]r), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Stammered} (-m[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Stammering}.] [OE. stameren, fr. AS. stamur, stamer, stammering; akin to D. & LG. stameren to stammer, G. stammeln, OHG. stammal[=o]n, stamm[=e]n, 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}.] To make involuntary stops in uttering syllables or words; to hesitate or falter in speaking; to speak with stops and difficulty; to stutter. [1913 Webster]

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. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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