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Definition of Stammering

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stuttering, speech impairment that involves frequent pauses and involuntary repetitions of certain sounds
that stutters, that speaks with frequent pauses and involuntary repetitions of certain sounds
stutter, falter or pause frequently while speaking
Stammering Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
English-Latin Online Dictionary
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Stammering Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(p. pr. & vb. n.)
of Stammer
  
(n.)
A disturbance in the formation of sounds. It is due essentially to long-continued spasmodic contraction of the diaphragm, by which expiration is preented, and hence it may be considered as a spasmodic inspiration.
  
(a.)
Apt to stammer; hesitating in speech; stuttering.
  
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JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Difyngiad = a. void of stammering
WordNet 2.0

Adjective
1. unable to speak freely and easily
(synonym) stammering(a), stuttering(a)
(similar) inarticulate, unarticulate

Noun
1. a speech disorder involving hesitations and involuntary repetitions of certain sounds
(synonym) stutter
(hypernym) speech disorder, speech defect, defect of speech
(derivation) bumble, stutter, falter

Verb
1. speak haltingly; "The speaker faltered when he saw his opponent enter the room"
(synonym) bumble, stutter, falter
(hypernym) talk, speak, utter, mouth, verbalize, verbalise
(derivation) stammerer, stutterer
Stammering Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Stuttering or stammering (more generally the first in US and the second in British usage) (alalia syllabaris, alalia literalis or anarthria literalis) is a speech disorder in which the flow of speech is disrupted by involuntary repetitions and prolongations of sounds, syllables, words or phrases as well as involuntary silent pauses or blocks in which the person who stutters is unable to produce sounds. The term stuttering is most commonly associated with involuntary sound repetition, but it also encompasses the abnormal hesitation or pausing before speech, referred to by people who stutter as blocks, and the prolongation of certain sounds, usually vowels or semivowels. According to Watkins et al. stuttering is a disorder of "selection, initiation, and execution of motor sequences necessary for fluent speech production." For many people who stutter, repetition is the primary problem. The term "stuttering" covers a wide range of severity, encompassing barely perceptible impediments that are largely cosmetic to severe symptoms that effectively prevent oral communication. In the world, approximately four times as many men as women stutter, encompassing 70 million people worldwide, or about 1% of the world's population. The impact of stuttering on a person's functioning and emotional state can be severe. This may include fears of having to enunciate specific vowels or consonants, fears of being caught stuttering in social situations, self-imposed isolation, anxiety, stress, shame, being a possible target of bullying (especially in children), having to use word substitution and rearrange words in a sentence to hide stuttering, or a feeling of "loss of control" during speech. Stuttering is sometimes popularly seen as a symptom of anxiety, but there is actually no direct correlation in that direction (though as mentioned the inverse can be true, as social anxiety may actually develop in individuals as a result of their stuttering).

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