falter vs stammer what difference

what is difference between falter and stammer

English

Alternative forms

  • faulter (archaic)

Etymology

From Middle English falteren (to stagger), further origin unknown. Possibly from a North Germanic source such as Old Norse faltrask (be encumbered). May also be a frequentative of fold, although the change from d to t is unusual.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfɔːltə(r)/, /ˈfɒltə(r)/

Noun

falter

  1. unsteadiness.

Translations

Verb

falter (third-person singular simple present falters, present participle faltering, simple past and past participle faltered)

  1. To waver or be unsteady; to weaken or trail off.
    • 1672, Richard Wiseman, A Treatise of Wounds
      He found his legs falter.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To stammer; to utter with hesitation, or in a weak and trembling manner.
    • 1807, Lord Byron, Childish Recollections
      And here he faltered forth his last farewell.
  3. To fail in distinctness or regularity of exercise; said of the mind or of thought.
    • 1832, Isaac Taylor, Saturday Evening
      Here indeed the power of distinctly conceiving of space and distance falters.
  4. To stumble.
  5. (figuratively) To lose faith or vigor; to doubt or abandon (a cause).
    • And remember, comrades, your resolution must never falter.
  6. To hesitate in purpose or action.
  7. To cleanse or sift, as barley.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)

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References



English

Etymology

From Middle English stameren, from Old English stamerian, from Proto-West Germanic *stamrōn, from Proto-Germanic *stamrōną (to stammer). Compare German stammeln, Dutch stameren, Old Norse stammr. Doublet of stumble.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈstæmə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈstæmɚ/
  • Rhymes: -æmə(ɹ)

Verb

stammer (third-person singular simple present stammers, present participle stammering, simple past and past participle stammered)

  1. (intransitive) To keep repeating a particular sound involuntarily during speech.
  2. (transitive) To utter with a stammer, or with timid hesitancy.
    • 1927-29, M.K. Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments with Truth, translated 1940 by Mahadev Desai, Part I, Chapter xi:

Synonyms

  • stutter

Translations

Noun

stammer (plural stammers)

  1. The involuntary repetition of a sound in speech.
  2. A speech defect whereby someone speaks with a stammer

Translations

Further reading

  • Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “stammer”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

Anagrams

  • stremma

Danish

Noun

stammer c

  1. indefinite plural of stamme

Verb

stammer

  1. present of stamme

Norwegian Bokmål

Noun

stammer m

  1. indefinite plural of stamme

Verb

stammer

  1. present tense of stamme

Norwegian Nynorsk

Alternative forms

  • stammar

Noun

stammer m or f

  1. indefinite feminine plural of stamme

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