utter

adjective
ut·​ter | \ˈə-tər \

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

1 obsolete : to offer for sale

2a : 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

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Other Words from utter

Adjective

utterly adverb

Verb

utterable \ ˈə-​tə-​rə-​bəl \ adjective
utterer \ ˈə-​tər-​ər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for utter

Synonyms: Adjective

full, greatest, maximum, top, topmost, utmost

Synonyms: Verb

articulate, bring out, enunciate, pass, say, speak, state, talk, tell, verbalize, vocalize

Antonyms: Adjective

least, littlest, lowest, minimal, minimum, slightest

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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

While Cleveland’s locker room was in utter chaos for much of the season, there weren’t dry spells or dramas to dissect in Houston. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "NBA MVP: Does James Harden or LeBron James have the better case?," 10 Apr. 2018 Two factors have been consistent in those efforts: Their utter failures and, more recently, the powerful presence of ex-KGB officer Vladimir V. Putin, now Russian president again. Andrew Malcolm, SFChronicle.com, "Will Trump stand up to Putin or fall for him?," 12 July 2018 His sudden passing comes as an utter shock to his friends and family, who celebrated his wedding less than a year ago, and the birth of his daughter Molly on Friday April 13th. courant.com, "Elias Max Friedman," 26 Apr. 2018 Donald Trump, to the utter shock and horror of the coastal establishment, was winning. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Mueller may release multiple reports on Trump, obstruction and Russian interference," 4 Apr. 2018 This little boy cannot contain his utter shock when the doors in front of him automatically slide open. Alexis Hobbs, Woman's Day, "This Little Boy is Completely in Awe of Automatic Sliding Doors," 30 Nov. 2015 What Mueller is doing is nonsense, utter legal nonsense. Fox News, "Joe diGenova: The Mueller investigation is illegitimate," 8 May 2018 Its utter darkness is hard to shake when the credits roll. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "The 10 best movies of 2018 (so far), ranked," 21 June 2018 Clad in a powder-blue cardigan, a tweed skirt, sometimes a vest, and literal rose-colored glasses, the 92-year-old monarch took in the horse show with what can only be described as a mixture of intense focus, utter jubilation, and sheer annoyance. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "The Emotional Journey of Queen Elizabeth at a Horse Show," 9 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

No word of the settlement was uttered in court Friday. Paige Fry, chicagotribune.com, "City tentatively settles lawsuit over police shooting of bystander killed when cop fired at bat-wielding teen," 8 June 2018 These words and others, including a threat to use a gun and many expletives, were allegedly uttered by Steven Neuenfeldt, 35, of Cudahy in a video recorded by his girlfriend May 25, according to police. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cudahy man threatened to kill live-in girlfriend with a gun, police say," 31 May 2018 Still, the casualness with which the line was uttered and received does indicate something important about the way Republican thinking about law enforcement has evolved. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Giuliani’s FBI ‘Stormtroopers’ Smear Is the Key to Trump’s Authoritarian Mind-set," 3 May 2018 Meyer would look up pugnaciously, as Bruce would do to his former aide, and, shaking his fist under an imaginary nose, Meyer-as-Bruce would detail in no uncertain terms the task against the school whose name shall not be uttered. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "Remembering combative, sentimental Ohio State coach Earle Bruce: Bill Livingston (photos)," 20 Apr. 2018 Yet having been unforgettably uttered by the man who would be president, the word was being cheekily co-opted by women planning a post-inaugural march to rebuke him. Stephanie Ebbert, BostonGlobe.com, "Words you couldn’t say in The Boston Globe — until now," 17 Apr. 2018 This statement was not uttered as an excuse, although that is surely how some will take it. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "At end of a trying season, a feat worth celebrating," 10 Apr. 2018 Benjamin said Martin's comments might've been uttered in the heat of the moment. Alexandria Alejandro, Houston Chronicle, "Basketball game involving Houston team erupts into all-out brawl with refs, players," 10 July 2018 Erin told me over the phone shortly after the trials – the same words she’s uttered in nearly every interview since landing a spot on Team USA. Genevieve Wheeler, Teen Vogue, "Winter Olympics 2018: Meet Speed Skater Erin Jackson," 5 Feb. 2018

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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 1

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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More Definitions for utter

utter

adjective

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 \

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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