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

Examples of utterly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pudding An almost-stale loaf of French bread gets a new lease on life in this utterly decadent Cinnamon-Pecan Breakfast Bread Pudding. Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, 16 Apr. 2024 When Dumpling gets home from work one evening, the Captain draws him out with the offering of a durian, then tussles with him in a carport under a balcony where Dumpling’s beloved, utterly oblivious mother is taking a smoke break. Inkoo Kang, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2024 Most striking was how the backroom conversation, revealed by The Times in 2022, was utterly shocking to millions of people, but entirely predictable to millions of others. Erika D. Smith, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2024 The new 1908 in platinum with that icy blue dial is pure class, its guilloché engraving utterly traditional, its visible movement impressive. Allen Farmelo, Robb Report, 10 Apr. 2024 It's spiked with a nourishing blend of meadowfoam and sunflower seed oils, as well as lotus seed, to leave skin utterly glowing. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 9 Apr. 2024 Most rain boots are utterly impractical to travel with. Olivia Young, Travel + Leisure, 5 Apr. 2024 More and more content that is distorted – or at the very least, utterly bland. Bernard Marr, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Bella Hadid Is Very Much On Board March 19, 2024 CLOSE COVER At once utterly utilitarian and irresistibly elegant, a Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello trench coat (ysl.com) achieves a kind of poetic perfection in seasonal outerwear. Zoë Ghertner, Vogue, 19 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of utterly was in the 14th century

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“Utterly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utterly. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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