Synonyms & Antonyms of utter

(Entry 1 of 2)

2 of the highest degree
  • spoke with utter certainty

Synonyms for utter

Words Related to utter

Near Antonyms for utter

Antonyms for utter



Synonyms & Antonyms of utter (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to send forth using the vocal chords
  • she tried not to utter a sound as the doctor gave her a flu shot

Synonyms for utter

Words Related to utter

2 to express (a thought or emotion) in words
  • never uttered a single comment at the meeting

Synonyms for utter

Words Related to utter

Phrases Synonymous with utter

Near Antonyms for utter

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About utter

How is the word utter distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of utter are air, broach, express, vent, and voice. While all these words mean "to make known what one thinks or feels," utter implies the use of the voice not necessarily in articulate speech.

utter a groan

When is air a more appropriate choice than utter?

In some situations, the words air and utter are roughly equivalent. However, air implies an exposing or parading of one's views often in order to gain relief or sympathy or attention.

publicly airing their differences

In what contexts can broach take the place of utter?

The synonyms broach and utter are sometimes interchangeable, but 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

Where would express be a reasonable alternative to utter?

The words express and utter are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, express suggests an impulse to reveal in words, gestures, actions, or what one creates or produces.

expressed her feelings in music

When might vent be a better fit than utter?

While in some cases nearly identical to utter, vent stresses a strong inner compulsion to express especially in words.

a tirade venting his frustration

When would voice be a good substitute for utter?

The meanings of voice and utter largely overlap; however, voice does not necessarily imply vocal utterance but does imply expression or formulation in words.

an editorial voicing their concerns

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about utter

Time Traveler for utter

Time Traveler

The first known use of utter was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Cite this Entry

“Utter.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on utter

Dictionary: Definition of utter

Spanish Central: Translation of utter

Nglish: Translation of utter for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of utter for Arabic Speakers

Comments on utter

What made you want to look up utter? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!