Utter definition

ŭtər
To produce, speak, or express audibly (speech sounds, syllables, words, thoughts, etc.)
verb
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Complete; absolute; entire.

Utter nonsense; utter darkness.

adjective
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To articulate (words); pronounce or speak.

Uttered “yes.”

verb
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(obsolete) To offer (merchandise) for sale; sell.
verb
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3
To send forth with the voice.

Uttered a cry.

verb
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3
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(law) To put (counterfeit currency or a forged check or instrument) into circulation.

Utter a bad check.

verb
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1
Complete; total.
adjective
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1
Unqualified; absolute; unconditional.
adjective
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1
To give out; put forth: now used only of the passing of counterfeit money or forged checks.
verb
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1
To express in any way.
verb
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1
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(obs.) To publish (a book, etc.)
verb
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1
To emit (nonvocal sounds), as if speaking.
verb
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1
To make known; divulge; reveal.
verb
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1
(obs.) To sell (goods, etc.)
verb
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1
To speak or converse.
verb
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1
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The definition of utter is to speak or express something.

An example of utter is to cry out when something scares you.

verb
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Utter is defined as complete or total.

An example of something utter is the cuteness of a kitten.

adjective
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Total, complete, absolute.
verb
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To speak or publish.
verb
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V. To use a forged check or instrument; to put it into circulation, as opposed to just creating the forged document.
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(now poetic, literary) Outer; furthest out, most remote. [from 10th c.]
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1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.10.

So forth without impediment I past, / Till to the Bridges utter gate I came [...] .

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  • 1920, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Thuvia, Maiden of Mars, edition HTML, The Gutenberg Project, published 2008.
    His eyes could not penetrate the darkness even to the distinguishing of his hand before his face, while the banths, he knew, could see quite well, though absence of light were utter.

Utter ruin; utter darkness.

adjective
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To say.

Don't you utter another word!

verb
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To use the voice.

Sally uttered a sigh of relief.

The dog uttered a growling bark.

verb
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To make speech sounds which may or may not have an actual language involved.

Sally is uttering some fairly strange things in her illness.

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To make (a noise)

Sally's car uttered a hideous shriek when she applied the brakes.

verb
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(law) To put counterfeit money etc. into circulation.
verb
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(obsolete) Further out; further away, outside.
adverb
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1

Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
utter
Superlative:
utterest

Origin of utter

  • Middle English utteren partly from Middle Low German uteren (from uter outer) (comparative of ūt out ud- in Indo-European roots) and alteration (influenced by utter outer) of Middle English outen to disclose (from out out out)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English ūtera outer ud- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English Å«tera, comparative of Å«t (“out"); compare outer.

    From Wiktionary

  • Partly from out (adverb/verb), partly from Middle Dutch uteren.

    From Wiktionary

  • Old English Å«tor, comparative of Å«t (“out").

    From Wiktionary