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 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 Unless there’s some backstory here that would excuse your husband of any moral debt to his sister or to the people who raised him, his dismissiveness betrays an utter failure of character. Carolyn Hax, al, "Carolyn Hax: Husband’s responsibility shirking may come back to haunt wife," 6 July 2019 By day’s end, with even Polish legal experts admitting utter confusion about where things stood, crowds once again gathered in front of the Supreme Court. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Poland’s Supreme Court in Disarray After Judges Defy Purge," 4 July 2018 Smith, who is likewise an accomplished and wide-ranging actor, makes an utter charmer of Toddy, with an urbane grace, a smooth singing voice and a gentle comic touch. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Victor/Victoria’ gets a stylish staging at Moonlight, but musical’s story is stretched a little thin," 12 Sep. 2019 Deep in Shank’s and Falguères’ creation is, perhaps, a coming-of-age tale where youth is witnessed in all its primal intensity, in its utter desolation and us-against-the-world mentality. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Pompei' ('Pompéi'): Film Review | TIFF 2019," 6 Sep. 2019 Dorian already caused utter destruction in the Bahamas, ripping roofs and walls off homes, toppling trees, flooding streets and burying communities in debris. Linda Givetash, NBC News, "Carolinas brace for severe flooding as Dorian hits with high winds, rain," 5 Sep. 2019 The storm’s northerly trek 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 moves off Florida coast, restrengthens," 4 Sep. 2019 The character who calls himself a king is an utter blowhard. Ryan Chapman, Longreads, "‘Nobody in This Book Is Going to Catch a Break’: Téa Obreht on “Inland”," 28 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The indelible moments of his career — the sacks against Ben Roethlisberger, the between-his-thighs playoff interception against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the refusal to utter Tom Brady’s name — came from his time in Baltimore. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "‘Kind of weird for all of us:’ Ravens great Terrell Suggs returns to Baltimore as an Arizona Cardinal," 13 Sep. 2019 Ruth Negga appears briefly as the boss of a Martian base, and Liv Tyler, as Roy’s estranged wife, barely utters a word. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Ad Astra” Will Leave You Awed, Confused, and Sad," 13 Sep. 2019 The goal: capturing each of the 220 words uttered every minute — without making mistakes. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Baby powder, computer fans and flying fingers: Welcome to the Olympics of court reporting," 15 Aug. 2019 There were few words uttered on revitalizing or stimulating the private sector. Washington Post, "What the Democratic candidates are getting wrong about business," 3 Aug. 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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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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