Origin of stammerMiddle English stameren from Old English stamerian, akin to Dutch stameren, frequentative formation from Indo-European base an unverified form stem-, to stumble in speech, halt from source stem, stumble, German stumm, dumb
When you are feeling really shy and intimidated and you can't get words out and so you say "I th... th... th... think," this is an example of a time when you stammer.
verbstam·mered, stam·mer·ing, stam·mers
Origin of stammerMiddle English stameren from Old English stamerian
(third-person singular simple present stammers, present participle stammering, simple past and past participle stammered)
- To keep repeating a particular sound involuntarily during speech.
- The involuntary repetition of a sound in speech.
From Old English stamerian. Cf. German stammeln.
stammer - Medical Definition
- Does the person stammer over words or seem to lose track of the flow of the conversation?
- From these injuries he slowly recovered, but he long continued to stammer in his speech, whence the nickname, adopted by himself, of "Tartaglia."
- His professional success was not great; his manner was violent, his appearance unattractive, and his speech impaired by a painful stammer.
- In 1861 he was ordained deacon, but he never took priest's orders, possibly because of a stammer which prevented reading aloud.