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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: stut 'to stutter' (14-19 centuries)

stutter

1 verb
     
stut‧ter1
1 [intransitive and transitive] to speak with difficulty because you cannot stop yourself from repeating the first consonant of some words [↪ stammer]:
'I'm D-d-david,' he stuttered.
2 [intransitive] if a machine stutters, it keeps making little noises and does not work smoothly:
a refrigerator which stuttered and hummed

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