adjective ut·ter \ˈə-tər\

: complete and total

Full Definition of UTTER

:  carried to the utmost point or highest degree :  absolute, total <utter darkness> <utter strangers>
ut·ter·ly adverb

Examples of UTTER

  1. It's hard to believe that we were utter strangers just a few days ago.
  2. The situation descended into utter chaos.
  3. The children displayed an utter lack of interest in the performance.
  4. The movie was utter garbage.
  5. That argument is utter nonsense.

Origin of UTTER

Middle English, remote, from Old English ūtera outer, comparative adjective from ūt out, adverb — more at out
First Known Use: 15th century



: to make (a particular sound)

: to say (something)

Full Definition of UTTER

transitive verb
obsolete :  to offer for sale
a :  to send forth as a sound <utter a sigh>
b :  to give utterance to :  pronounce, speak <refused to utter his name>
c :  to give public expression to :  express in words <utter an opinion>
:  to put (as currency) into circulation; specifically :  to circulate (as a counterfeit note) as if legal or genuine <utter false tokens>
:  to put forth or out :  discharge
intransitive verb
:  to make a statement or sound
ut·ter·able \ˈə-tə-rə-bəl\ adjective
ut·ter·er \ˈə-tər-ər\ noun

Examples of UTTER

  1. She uttered a cry of pleasure.
  2. He can hardly utter a sentence without swearing.

Origin of UTTER

Middle English uttren, from utter outside, adverb, from Old English ūtor, comparative of ūt out
First Known Use: 15th century

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