falter vs stutter what difference

what is difference between falter and stutter

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.

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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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English

Etymology

From Middle English stutten, stoten (stutter); cognate with Dutch stotteren (stutter).

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈstʌɾɚ/
  • Rhymes: -ʌtə(r)

Verb

stutter (third-person singular simple present stutters, present participle stuttering, simple past and past participle stuttered)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To speak with a spasmodic repetition of vocal sounds.
  2. (intransitive) To exhaust a gas with difficulty

Synonyms

  • (speak with spasmodic repetition): stammer

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Noun

stutter (plural stutters)

  1. A speech disorder characterised by stuttering.
    Synonym: stammer
  2. (obsolete) One who stutters.
    Synonyms: stutterer, stammerer
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, London: William Lee, IV. Century, p. 103,[1]
      And many Stutters (we finde) are very Cholericke Men; Choler Enducing a Drinesse in the Tongue.

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  • Truetts, tutters

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