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 Trump's utter inability to stick to the truth is endangering lives. Joel Mathis, TheWeek, "The worst possible president for this crisis," 23 Mar. 2020 Happy endings are reassuring and sad endings are regrettable, but for us, the coronavirus has created a perplexing utter lack of an ending. Steve Belkin, cleveland, "Clevelanders Steve and Julie Belkin debate the pros and cons of leaving virus-free paradise to return home," 22 Mar. 2020 But there’s also no doubt that the Xbox Series X will be an utter beast that puts most gaming PCs to shame. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Sony PlayStation 5 taps AMD's radical SmartShift tech to push its GPU to ludicrous speeds," 18 Mar. 2020 Floridians aren’t interested in the utter nonsense of the Green New Deal. orlandosentinel.com, "Next Florida House speaker tackles spending, climate change," 18 Sep. 2019 Compared to Sessions, the other 10 are utter novices. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Ousted in Dallas, 11-term Pete Sessions seeks comeback to Congress from Waco, his childhood home," 27 Feb. 2020 Now for the more concerning part: Outbreaks in Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan, and several other nations have public health officials on high alert (and global markets in utter turmoil). Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Coronavirus interruption of drug supply chain pushes Sanofi to open a firm in France," 24 Feb. 2020 Walking in utter fear, even as a high-profile star, not knowing whether your life really matters to the people who are smiling in your face and asking for your autograph and dancing to your music. Wanyi Jiang, Marie Claire, "Talking Racism and Inequality With the Person Who Plays Diana Ross 8 Times a Week," 17 Feb. 2020 Though most associate the cosmic event with utter chaos in the personal lives (please don’t text your ex back, sis!), for others, the retrograde is a chance to usher in a new beginning. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Rihanna Is Reportedly Single (And Still Withholding Her Album)," 19 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The only racial slurs that were used were uttered by the 15-year-old before the fight, police said. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Waukesha student involved in a parking lot brawl says it was racially motivated. Police say that's not true.," 6 Feb. 2020 Abt himself takes a similar position without uttering the b-on-b words. Barry Latzer, National Review, "The Need to Discuss Black-on-Black Crime," 5 Dec. 2019 Words like sad, powerless, unworthy, unloved, and scared were uttered. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 19 Nov. 2019 That worked out to about $7 million for every minute that Steyer spoke during the debate without ever uttering a memorable sentence. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Moderates Fight Back," 16 Oct. 2019 Without uttering a single word, Theron steals the minute-45 second long clip as Kelly — the movie's makeup department truly outdid itself, fully transforming the actress (who is not shy to full movie makeovers) into the extremely recognizable Kelly. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Charlize Theron Transforms Into Megyn Kelly In Tense Bombshell With Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman," 23 Aug. 2019 In both species, the bird lacking the tokens often uttered soft cries to get their partner’s attention. Virginia Morell, Science | AAAS, "These parrots are the first birds observed showing kindness to others," 9 Jan. 2020 Apparently, seeing so many people inappropriately uttering their product's name has also left a bad taste in the mouth of the makers of Jif Peanut Butter. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "GIF or Jif? Peanut butter maker smoothes out long-standing social media dispute," 25 Feb. 2020 Police said the students, Jarred Karal and Ryan Mucaj, uttered the racial slur several times while walking through the parking lot of a campus apartment complex and were recorded by a black student. NBC News, "UConn students' arrest over racial slur prompts review of state's ridicule ban," 21 Feb. 2020

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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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30 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Utter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utter. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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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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