What does utter mean?

Definitions for utter
ˈʌt ərut·ter

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word utter.

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), unadulteratedadjective

    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), utterverb


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

  3. express, verbalize, verbalise, utter, give tongue toverb

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

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

  4. utter, emit, let out, let looseverb

    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, verbaliseverb

    express in speech

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

  6. utterverb

    put into circulation

    "utter counterfeit currency"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Utteradjective

    Etymology: utter , Saxon.

    In my flight
    Through utter and through middle darkness borne,
    I sung of chaos, and eternal night. John Milton, P. Lost, b. iii.

    Pursue these sons of darkness; drive them out
    From all heav’n’s bounds, into the utter deep. John Milton.

    Such place eternal justice had prepar’d
    For those rebellious; here their prison ordain’d
    In utter darkness; and their portion set
    As far remov’d from God, and light of heav’n,
    As from the center thrice to th’ utmost pole. John Milton.

    The parliament thought the utter taking it away, absolutely necessary for the preservation of the kingdom. Edward Hyde.

    There could not be any other estimate made of the loss, than by the utter refusal of the auxiliary regiments of London and Kent to march farther. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    They feel fewer corporal pains, and are utter strangers to all those anxious thoughts which disquiet mankind. Francis Atterbury.

  2. To Utterverb

    Etymology: from the adjective; to make publick, or let out; palam facere.

    Men spake not with the instruments of writing, neither writ with the instruments of speech; and yet things recorded with the one, and uttered with the other, may be preached well enough with both. Richard Hooker.

    These very words I’ve heard him utter. William Shakespeare.

    There’s more gold: but, sirrah,
    We say the dead are well. Bring it to that,
    The gold I give thee will I melt, aad pour
    Down thy ill-uttering throat. William Shakespeare.

    Conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. Isa. lix. 13.

    Shall not they teach thee and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart? Job viii. 10.

    Who knows but his poor, bleeding heart,
    Amidst its agonies, remember’d Marcia,
    And the last words he utter’d, call’d me cruel! Addison.

    When do partial and sinister affections more utter themselves, than when an election is committed to many? John Whitgift.

    Were it folly to be modest in uttering what is known to all the world? Walter Raleigh.

    I meant my words should not reach your ears; but what I utter’d was most true. John Dryden, All for Love.

    Such mortal drugs I have, but Mantua’s law
    Is death to any he that utters them. William Shakespeare, Rom. and Juliet.

    They bring it home, and utter it commonly by the name of Newfoundland fish. George Abbot, Descrip. of the World.

    The Devonshire and Somersetshire grasiers feed yearly great droves of cattle in the north quarter of Cornwall, and utter them at home. Richard Carew, Survey of Cornwall.

    To preserve us from ruin, the whole kingdom should continue in a firm resolution never to receive or utter this fatal coin. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Utteradjective


  2. Utteradjective

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

  3. Utteradjective

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

  4. Utteradjective

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

  5. Utteradjective

    to put forth or out; to reach out

  6. Utteradjective

    to dispose of in trade; to sell or vend

  7. Utteradjective

    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. Utteradjective

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Utter

    ut′ėr, adj. farthest out: extreme: total: perfect.—adv. Utt′erly.—n. Utt′erness, quality of being extreme. [A.S. útor, outer—út, out.]

  2. Utter

    ut′ėr, v.t. to circulate: to publish abroad: to speak.—adj. Utt′erable, that may be uttered or expressed.—ns. Utt′erableness; Utt′erance, act of uttering: manner of speaking: pronunciation: expression; Utt′erer; Utt′ering, circulation.—adj. Utt′erless, that cannot be uttered in words. [A.S. útian, to put out—út, out.]

Editors Contribution

  1. UTTER

    Short way of saying, "Mutter". (Example; "He uttered something under his breath.)

    Submitted by rinat on December 20, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of utter in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of utter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of utter in a Sentence

  1. Michele Bachmann:

    The first time I ever came to this city was to dance at the inaugural ball for Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale! Which is kind of hard to believe. But then I saw how their policies worked out, they were a complete and utter failure, and then that's why I became a Republican, and I never looked back.

  2. James Comey:

    I think it's possible. I don't know. These are more words I never thought I'd utter about a President of the United States, but United States's possible.

  3. Tom Watson:

    Theresa May government is in utter meltdown, the country is at a standstill with a divided and shambolic government. The Prime Minister can't deliver Brexit and has zero authority left.

  4. Stacey Robinault:

    Im sure you can imagine the utter devastation, it is every parents worst nightmare.

  5. Nicole Marquis:

    Everyone is so enraged by this, we cannot believe that were here again ... eight months into this. We feel its utter chaos at this point.

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  • نطقArabic
  • абсалю́тныBelarusian
  • dir, pronunciar, balbucejar, emetre, absolut, total, balbotejar, incondicionalCatalan, Valencian
  • pronést, vydat (zvuk), vyřknout, blekotat, dát do oběhu penízeCzech
  • komplet, udtrykke, udstøde, fuldkommen, ytreDanish
  • äußern, ausstoßen, völligGerman
  • eldiriEsperanto
  • emitir, pronunciar, balbucear, total, completoSpanish
  • äärimmäinen, inahtaa, päästää, tuottaa, sanoa, virkkaa, houria, täydellinenFinnish
  • absolu, prononcer, total, émettreFrench
  • utterIrish
  • deargScottish Gaelic
  • पूर्णHindi
  • kiejt, kimond, teljes, megszólalHungarian
  • assoluto, pronunciare, proferire, emettere, esalare, dire, tirare, totale, biascicare, completoItalian
  • מוּחלָטHebrew
  • 発する, 述べるJapanese
  • ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣKannada
  • 전적인Korean
  • effor, proloquor, loquorLatin
  • ytre, fullstendig, utstøte, utstøyte, renNorwegian
  • uiten, zeggen, voortbrengen, produceren, uitbrengenDutch
  • ytre, rein, fullstendigNorwegian Nynorsk
  • mamrotaćPolish
  • falar, pronunciar, emitir, totalmente, dizer, balbuciar, completamentePortuguese
  • издать, издавать, выговаривать, полный, говорить, выговорить, сущий, произносить, произнести, сказатьRussian
  • číry, úplný, totálnySlovak
  • reči, oglasiti se, skrajni, izgovoritiSlovene
  • fullständig, yttra, utstöta, ren, ge tillSwedish
  • முற்றிலும்Tamil
  • по́вний, цілкови́тий, абсолю́тнийUkrainian
  • بالکلUrdu
  • thốt raVietnamese
  • 说出Chinese
  • phimisaZulu

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    offensive or even (of persons) malicious
    • A. nasty
    • B. abrupt
    • C. greedy
    • D. urban

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