Definitions for utterˈʌt ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ut•terˈʌt ər(v.t.)

  1. to give audible, esp. verbal, expression to; speak or pronounce:

    unable to utter a word.

  2. to emit (cries, notes, etc.) with the voice:

    to utter a sigh.

  3. to give forth (a sound) otherwise than with the voice:

    The engine uttered a shriek.

  4. to express by written or printed words.

  5. to make publicly known; publish:

    to utter a libel.

  6. to put into circulation, as coins, notes, and esp. counterfeit money or forged checks.

  7. to expel; emit.

  8. Obs. to publish, as a book.

  9. Obs. to sell.

  10. (v.i.)to use the voice to talk, make sounds, etc.; speak.

Origin of utter:

1350–1400; ME outren (see out , -er6); c. G ӓussern to declare


ut•terˈʌt ər(adj.)

  1. complete; total; absolute:

    utter abandonment to grief.

  2. unconditional; unqualified:

    an utter denial.

Origin of utter:

bef. 900; ME; OE uttra, ūtera outer. See out , -er4


Princeton's WordNet

  1. arrant(a), complete(a), consummate(a), double-dyed(a), everlasting(a), gross(a), perfect(a), pure(a), sodding(a), stark(a), staring(a), thoroughgoing(a), utter(a), unadulterated(adj)

    without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers

    "an arrant fool"; "a complete coward"; "a consummate fool"; "a double-dyed villain"; "gross negligence"; "a perfect idiot"; "pure folly"; "what a sodding mess"; "stark staring mad"; "a thoroughgoing villain"; "utter nonsense"; "the unadulterated truth"

  2. dead(a), utter(verb)


    "came to a dead stop"; "utter seriousness"

  3. express, verbalize, verbalise, utter, give tongue to(verb)

    articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise

    "She expressed her anger"; "He uttered a curse"

  4. utter, emit, let out, let loose(verb)

    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

    "She let out a big heavy sigh"; "He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand"

  5. talk, speak, utter, mouth, verbalize, verbalise(verb)

    express in speech

    "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"

  6. utter(verb)

    put into circulation

    "utter counterfeit currency"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Utter(adj)


  2. Utter(adj)

    situated on the outside, or extreme limit; remote from the center; outer

  3. Utter(adj)

    complete; perfect; total; entire; absolute; as, utter ruin; utter darkness

  4. Utter(adj)

    peremptory; unconditional; unqualified; final; as, an utter refusal or denial

  5. Utter(adj)

    to put forth or out; to reach out

  6. Utter(adj)

    to dispose of in trade; to sell or vend

  7. Utter(adj)

    hence, to put in circulation, as money; to put off, as currency; to cause to pass in trade; -- often used, specifically, of the issue of counterfeit notes or coins, forged or fraudulent documents, and the like; as, to utter coin or bank notes

  8. Utter(adj)

    to give public expression to; to disclose; to publish; to speak; to pronounce

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There was utter silence; utter darkness.

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