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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Verb

utterable \ ˈə-​tə-​rə-​bəl How to pronounce utter (audio) \ adjective
utterer \ ˈə-​tər-​ər How to pronounce utter (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 Combined with the utter collapse at the end of Kevin Sumlin’s tenure, Arizona hasn’t won a game since Oct. 5, 2019 — a span of 17 straight losses. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 11 Oct. 2021 New England travel writer and physician Jonathan Brown visited Sans-Souci in the 1830s, long after the king’s suicide in 1820, when the palace had been completely pillaged and had fallen into utter desuetude. Marlene Daut, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Oct. 2021 Charlie Cooke has detailed the many lies that built the reconciliation bill and emphasized the utter outrageousness of the current enterprise. Philip Klein, National Review, 6 Oct. 2021 What's remarkable -- at least to me -- is that the utter fealty to Trump expected by the bulk of Republican voters has continued even though the former President is no longer in office. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 6 Oct. 2021 But none can rival his utter originality and inexhaustible range. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 Tatis had some of the better lineups around him for protection, but that only underscores what an utter disappointment the Padres were this year, finishing 28 games behind San Francisco. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Oct. 2021 Auburn’s ability to stop the run, paired with an utter inability by LSU to establish a ground game, prevented LSU from milking clock while nursing a lead for much of the second half. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 4 Oct. 2021 Great work often seems to sit just on the precipice of failure; so much of what lights me up sits just shy of utter tripe. Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Putin has refused to utter Navalny's name, even as the charismatic Kremlin critic emerged as the autocrat's chief internal threat. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, 16 June 2021 Reedus also has a bit of sympathy and understanding for why Negan would utter such a horrible thing in the first place. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 26 Aug. 2021 In remarks to reporters, Macron did not utter Trump’s name but offered an unambiguous shot at the former president. Jonathan Lemire, Time, 13 June 2021 And the numbers help explain why so many Republican politicians continue to utter and defend these lies themselves. Daniel Dale, CNN, 12 June 2021 When Andrés Acosta came out as gay at age 14, his Colombian mother could not even utter the word. Kalia Richardson, orlandosentinel.com, 11 June 2021 In what is truly a remarkable sentence to utter, Leonard is 38-of-50 (76.0%) at the rim against Dallas in those 10 playoff games. Shane Young, Forbes, 1 June 2021 More than three months after President Donald Trump left office, members of his party continue to utter the kind of wildly dishonest claims that Trump himself was known for. Daniel Dale And Tara Subramaniam, CNN, 15 May 2021 This is an unhelpful sentiment, to say the least, but especially shameful to utter at a time when some in law enforcement have been laying to rest their own. Tyler Merritt, National Review, 21 Apr. 2021

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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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13 Oct 2021

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“Utter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/utter. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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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 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: The Cross of Lead

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.

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

Other Words from utter

utterer noun

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