ut·​ter·​ly | \ ˈə-tər-lē How to pronounce utterly (audio) \

Definition of utterly

: to an absolute or extreme degree : to the full extent : in an utter manner : absolutely, entirely, totally Just when you're expecting to hear something trite or ordinary, Rich invents a tasty, utterly charming piece of ear candy.— Carol Cooper Whatever this stuff is, it comprises as much as 90% of the mass of the universe. It is also utterly invisible.— M. Mitchell Waldrop … a fascinating read, despite the fact that its unique tone is utterly lost in translation.— Ian Buruma Cut off utterly from her past, but socially unacceptable in this new world, Irene chooses the same refuge that's worked for her as a child: poetry.— Sue Miller

First Known Use of utterly

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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