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1A fabric of a type originally made in Mantua; = "Mantua". rare.
2A cloak or robe; = "manteau", "mantua".
nounIrish English, English Regional, Scottish, Northern
A stammer, a stutter; a speech impediment.
verbEnglish Regional, Scottish, Northern
no object To stutter, to stammer; to have a speech impediment.
Late 16th century<br>early 19th century; earliest use found in John Thomson (1765–1846), physician and surgeon. From mant<br>early 16th century. From Scottish Gaelic mannt lisp, stammer, cognate with Early Irish mant gum, Middle Welsh mant mouth, jaw, and probably more distantly cognate with classical Latin mentum chin.
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