583. Stammering.

583. [Imperfect Speech.] Stammering.NOUN. inarticulateness; stammering &c. v.; hesitation &c. v.; impediment in one’s speech; titubancy, traulism; whisper &c. (faint sound) 405; lisp, drawl, tardiloquence; nasal tone, nasal accent; twang; falsetto &c. (want of voice) 581; broken voice, broken accents, broken sentences.

brogue &c. 563; slip of the tongue, lapsus linguæ [Lat.].

VERB. stammer, stutter, hesitate, falter, hammer; balbutiate, balbucinate, haw, hum and haw, be unable to put two words together.

mumble, mutter; maund, maunder; whisper &c. 405; mince, lisp; jabber, gibber; sputter, splutter; muffle, mump; drawl, mouth; croak; speak thick, speak through the nose; snuffle, clip one’s words; murder the language, murder the King’s English, murder the Queen’s English; mispronounce, missay.

ADJ. stammering &c. v.; inarticulate, guttural, nasal; tremulous; affected.

ADV. sotto voce &c. (faintly) 405.

PHR. “For ’tis sweet to stammer one letter / Of the Eternal’s language; on earth it is called / Forgiveness!” {Henry Wadsworth Longfellow—The Children of the Lord’s Supper.}.

“For they are blest that have not much to rue— / That have not oft misheard the prompter’s cue, /Stammered and stumbled, and the wrong parts played, / And life a Tragedy of Errors made.” {Sir William Watson—To a Friend.}.

Mieux vaut glisser du pied que de la langue. [Fr.] {Proverb“Better a slip of the foot than of the tongue.” }.


Roget’s Thesaurus 1911. Compiled, edited and supplemented by Nicholas Shea. Dev version 1.7.9b Compiled on: 19 January 2022 at 05:16:38
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