When someone stammers, they can't speak properly because they are too nervous or afraid to speak. They might stammer when they are trying to talk to someone they like, or when they are giving a speech.

  • He stammered when he tried to say hello.

  • She stammered when she was giving her speech.

Definition of stammer


speak haltingly


bumble, falter, stutter


a speech disorder involving hesitations and involuntary repetitions of certain sounds



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Example Sentences for stammer

  • 1

    Because of he stammers, Albert dreaded public speaking.

  • 2

    The baby begins to stammer.

  • 3

    Once again, Billy begins to stammer in rage.

  • 4

    In the case of John Stammers, the answer is a resounding yes.

  • 5

    Brandon went on to front Spear of Destiny with bassist Stammers.

  • 6

    Richardson received the nickname 'GGGarth' because he stammers.

  • 7

    He lost his train of thought and began to stammer.

  • 8

    He often stammers even though he is a spokeman.

  • 9

    We may stammer, or pause, or produce slips of the tongue.

  • 10

    It also caused him to stammer, but this tends to diminish as tensions rise.