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utter

adjective ut·ter \ ˈə-tər \

Definition of utter

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

utterly

adverb

Examples of utter in a Sentence

  1. It's hard to believe that we were utter strangers just a few days ago.

  2. The situation descended into utter chaos.

  3. The children displayed an utter lack of interest in the performance.

  4. The movie was utter garbage.

  5. That argument is utter nonsense.

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Origin and Etymology of utter

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


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utter

verb

Definition of utter

transitive verb
1 obsolete :to offer for sale
2 a :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

utterable

play \ˈə-tə-rə-bəl\ adjective

utterer

play \ˈə-tər-ər\ noun

Examples of utter in a Sentence

  1. She uttered a cry of pleasure.

  2. He can hardly utter a sentence without swearing.

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Origin and Etymology of utter

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

utter Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of utter

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


UTTER Defined for English Language Learners

utter

adjective

Definition of utter for English Language Learners

  • : complete and total


utter

verb

Definition of utter for English Language Learners

  • : to make (a particular sound)

  • : to say (something)


UTTER Defined for Kids

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utter

adjective ut·ter \ ˈə-tər \

Definition of utter for Students

:in every way :total
  • utter nonsense
  • utter strangers

utterly

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

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utter

verb

Definition of utter for Students

uttered; uttering
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.

Law Dictionary

utter

transitive verb ut·ter

legal Definition of utter

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

utterer

noun


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