stammer


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stammer

a speech disorder characterized by involuntary repetitions and hesitations
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Once more, I stammered with difficulty that I had no objection.
Let thy virtue be too high for the familiarity of names, and if thou must speak of it, be not ashamed to stammer about it.
"You--you did?" stammered Nancy, vaguely wondering how Pollyanna could possibly have known her--and wanted her.
In trying to state the nature of that necessity he stammered himself into utter incoherence.
The girl of twelve is self-contained and as cool as the proverbial cucumber, while her brother of twenty stammers and stutters by her side.
"Then--then you live in that gray house up the brook," she stammered.
"What is it-what is it?" she stammered; but he had found her lips at last and was drinking unconsciousness of everything but the joy they gave him.
I was just the same myself before I went to Switzerland; I stammered incoherently; one tries to express oneself and cannot.
"I believe," stammered Brantain, "I see that I have stayed too long.
He coloured, and stammered out an unintelligible reply.
"You are very bold, sir," she stammered through her blushes, but I could see that she was not ill-pleased that the finery should attract attention.
"Sir," he stammered, "sir--forgive me--most-- unfortunate resemblance-- robber arrested three days ago--you are free!"