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

1a : 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
2 : 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
3 : to put forth or out : discharge
4 obsolete : to offer for sale

intransitive verb

: to make a statement or sound

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Other Words from utter

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 This tragic tale is made all the more poignant by the many highs and lows in the narrative and the utter helplessness of the protagonists in the face of destiny’s vicissitudes. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Ram: The gentle, tragic prince who became the face of aggressive Hindu nationalism," 9 Nov. 2019 Once free of the nearly continual adulation of strangers, the car opened up on the sinuous roads of Harriman in such a way that produced utter awe and bewilderment. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "The Best Way to Take in the French Riviera? From Behind the Wheel of a Supercar," 8 Nov. 2019 In short: the 2019 model is finally worth the 2015 price, in terms of combining pro-gamer features and utter polish. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller review: For $180, it better be this good," 7 Nov. 2019 The whole ritual of getting a massage feels special, and nothing beats the feeling of utter relaxation during and after a treatment. NBC News, "How one woman took a self-care splurge and made it a budget-friendly part of her weekly routine," 18 Nov. 2019 Bonham Carter says, using a word only the younger generation of royals would think to utter in public. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Royal Rebel: Helena Bonham Carter on The Crown and Playing Princess Margaret," 12 Nov. 2019 And so begins a tale in which the two hurt, love, goad and envy each other, traversing the spectrum of interpersonal behaviors from cruelty to utter tenderness. Time Staff, Time, "The 10 Best Fiction Books of the 2010s," 12 Nov. 2019 The northerly movement comes after relief officials reported scenes of utter ruin Tuesday in parts of the Bahamas and rushed to deal with an unfolding humanitarian crisis, with the full scope of the disaster still unknown. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian continues sideswipe assault on Florida coast," 4 Sep. 2019 But their dad was an utter failure at one thing: the kitchen. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Remembering Ross Perot — and the circus dog, traveling outhouse and other tales he left behind," 10 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Why should Gillis be able to utter racist things but those affected by hate speech shut their mouths? Sarah Hagi, Time, "Cancel Culture Is Not Real—At Least Not in the Way People Think," 21 Nov. 2019 Jordan yelled at him and then nodded impatiently when Taylor managed to utter a few words. Washington Post, "For the love of dignity and civility, Jim Jordan, put on a jacket," 13 Nov. 2019 Perhaps the first to utter them was a St. Paul legislative hearing officer, trudging through a difficult case earlier this month. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "St. Paul man’s catch-22 case reveals impact of ‘accelerated foreclosure’ in Frogtown and other low-income neighborhoods," 2 Nov. 2019 As president, Trump's desire to find a lawyer willing to protect his interests while in the White House the way Cohn did reportedly prompted him to utter the phrase that gives the movie its title, as well as much of its media heat. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Where's My Roy Cohn?' profiles notorious lawyer with Trump ties," 19 Sep. 2019 Only after the wake word is uttered does the device begin to listen and record, Nakanishi said. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, "Alexa, is he guilty of murder? Amazon device may have heard slaying, cops say," 31 Oct. 2019 These, and similar phrases, have been uttered again and again for over a decade. Andy Knott, Quartz, "Boris Johnson’s flirtation with populism will have lasting consequences for the UK," 4 Oct. 2019 My mother's best friend had breast cancer, a phrase that was never uttered. CBS News, "Hillary Rodham Clinton & Chelsea Clinton on "Gutsy Women" and Trump," 29 Sep. 2019 The fact that this is uttered by a bumbling (and potentially homeless?) man who's set up his own impromptu, and very much unofficial, parking lot should not take away from the initial point. SI.com, "90min's Definitive European Player Power Rankings: Week Five," 16 Sep. 2019

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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 4

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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The first known use of utter was in the 15th century

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24 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Utter.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utterer. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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More Definitions for utter

utter

adjective
How to pronounce utter (audio)

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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