utter

adjective
ut·​ter | \ ˈə-tər How to pronounce utter (audio) \

Definition of utter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: carried to the utmost point or highest degree : absolute, total utter darkness utter strangers

utter

verb
uttered; uttering; utters

Definition of utter (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 obsolete : to offer for sale
2a : 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
3 : to put (notes, currency, etc.) into circulation specifically : to circulate (something, such as a forged or counterfeit note) as if legal or genuine utter false tokens
4 : to put forth or out : discharge

intransitive verb

: to make a statement or sound

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Other Words from utter

Adjective

utterly adverb

Verb

utterable \ ˈə-​tə-​rə-​bəl How to pronounce utterable (audio) \ adjective
utterer \ ˈə-​tər-​ər How to pronounce utterer (audio) \ noun

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Verb

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

Examples of utter in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Verb

She uttered a cry of pleasure. He can hardly utter a sentence without swearing.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Justice Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court this week throwing the left and the mainstream media into utter hysteria. Fox News, "Gorka, Hollman preview Trump's upcoming summit with Putin," 30 June 2018 What makes this season different is that Messi’s total and utter freedom on the pitch has never been so crucial. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Lionel Messi Is More Important Than Ever," 17 Apr. 2019 And what her fans are feeling now is utter jubilation. Marci Robin, Allure, "Hayley Williams Just Dyed Her Hair Orange Again, and Paramore Fans Are Freaking Out," 14 Mar. 2019 Jami's mentions are filled with fans in utter panic over the doppelganger situation. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "This Fashion Blogger Looks JUST Like Ariana Grande and People Are Losing It," 21 Feb. 2019 Maxine Waters can say these things with complete and utter impunity. Fox News, "Ingraham: When the inmates run the immigration asylum," 26 July 2018 Teigen even loses her hat in utter shock, which is genuinely relatable to me. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Serena Williams Made a Surprise Beyoncé Cameo on 'Lip Sync Battle' With Brooklyn Decker," 29 Jan. 2019 The utter thrill of seeing this interconnected waterway; the amphitheater-like structure, with the sprinkler in the middle, which then fed into a channel, letting the water flow down to a geometric wading pool. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "How not to cheat children: Let them build their own playgrounds," 18 July 2018 This is utter nonsense — just like the president recently mentioned. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Read the full transcript of the Helsinki press conference," 16 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As the story goes, that was the moment that everything changed: Immediately after Joyce uttered those words, her son's heart began beating once again. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "The Emotional True Story Behind Chrissy Metz's New Movie 'Breakthrough'," 15 Apr. 2019 Without explicitly denying using that word, Trump lashed out at the Democratic senator, who said Trump uttered it on several occasions. Time, "President Trump Says Democratic Senator Dick Durbin ‘Misrepresented’ His Remarks on Immigration," 16 Jan. 2018 The word was emblazoned on official merchandise at the convention and uttered in almost every speech. Nina Burleigh, Newsweek, "Meet Hillary Clinton's Inner Circle, the Queenmakers Who Won't Rest Until She's President," 16 Aug. 2016 But just for uttering these words, one writer at the Detroit Metro Times has accused James of seeking a Handmaid's Tale style theocracy. Fox News, "New evidence of political bias at Google; gender politics at play in Michigan Senate race," 21 Sep. 2018 Unlike a year ago, when the Bay Bridge Series was held in late July and both teams were wallowing in despair on their way to utter disaster, the A’s and the Giants are interestingly competitive this season. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Giants, A’s enter Bay Bridge Series on the rise," 12 July 2018 Eureka and the producers go back and forth with helpless attempts to utter a convincing sound. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "Watch Eureka Imitate an Elephant in Entertaining 'Drag Race' Clip: Exclusive," 14 June 2018 The word-learning site hired trained vocalists to utter words for pronunciation recordings that are still in use on the site. David Johnson, Time, "Listen to the Voice Behind the Yanny-Laurel Firestorm Pronounce Other Words," 18 May 2018 Where Bradford seemingly has never been heard to utter a disparaging word, Rosen offers a wide variety of opinions on flammable subjects. azcentral, "Cardinals' Josh Rosen a colorful character, from earlier days to 'pissed' on draft night," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of utter

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for utter

Adjective

Middle English, remote, from Old English ūtera outer, comparative adjective from ūt out, adverb — more at out

Verb

Middle English uttren, from utter outside, adverb, from Old English ūtor, comparative of ūt out

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utter

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of utter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: complete and total

utter

verb

English Language Learners Definition of utter (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (a particular sound)
: to say (something)

utter

adjective
ut·​ter | \ ˈə-tər How to pronounce utter (audio) \

Kids Definition of utter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in every way : total utter nonsense utter strangers

Other Words from utter

utterly adverb It was a world and life … utterly unknown to me. — Avi, Crispin

utter

verb
uttered; uttering

Kids Definition of utter (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to send forth as a sound The injured animal uttered a short cry.
2 : to express in usually spoken words She wanted to utter an angry protest.
ut·​ter

Legal Definition of utter

: to put (as a counterfeit note) into circulation as if genuine convicted of uttering a forged check

Other Words from utter

utterer noun

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