Definition for STAM'MER

STAM'MER, v.i. [Sax. stamer, one who stammers; Goth. stamms, stammering; Sw. stamma; G. stammeln; D. stameren; Dan. stammer; from the root stam or stem. The primary sense is to stop, to set, to fix. So stutter is from the root of stead, stud.]

Literally, to stop in uttering syllables or words; to stutter; to hesitate or falter in speaking; and hence, to speak with stops and difficulty. Demosthenes is said to have stammered in speaking, and to have overcome the difficulty by persevering efforts.

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