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adjective ut·ter \ˈə-tər\

Simple Definition of utter

  • : complete and total

Full Definition of utter

  1. :  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



verb ut·ter

Simple Definition of utter

  • : to make (a particular sound)

  • : to say (something)

Full Definition of utter

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  to offer for sale

  3. 2 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>

  4. 3 :  to put (as currency) into circulation; specifically :  to circulate (as a counterfeit note) as if legal or genuine <utter false tokens>

  5. 4 :  to put forth or out :  discharge

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to make a statement or sound

ut·ter·able play \ˈə-tə-rə-bəl\ adjective
ut·ter·er play \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

Synonym Discussion of utter

express, vent, utter, voice, broach, air mean to make known what one thinks or feels. express suggests an impulse to reveal in words, gestures, actions, or what one creates or produces <expressed her feelings in music>. vent stresses a strong inner compulsion to express especially in words <a tirade venting his frustration>. utter implies the use of the voice not necessarily in articulate speech <utter a groan>. voice does not necessarily imply vocal utterance but does imply expression or formulation in words <an editorial voicing their concerns>. broach adds the implication of disclosing for the first time something long thought over or reserved for a suitable occasion <broached the subject of a divorce>. air implies an exposing or parading of one's views often in order to gain relief or sympathy or attention <publicly airing their differences>.

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