What does utter mean?

Definitions for utter
ˈʌt ərut·ter

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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.


  1. utter

    In spoken language analysis, an utterance is a continuous piece of speech, often beginning and ending with a clear pause. In the case of oral languages, it is generally, but not always, bounded by silence. Utterances do not exist in written language; only their representations do. They can be represented and delineated in written language in many ways. In oral/spoken language, utterances have several characteristics such as paralinguistic features, which are aspects of speech such as facial expression, gesture, and posture. Prosodic features include stress, intonation, and tone of voice, as well as ellipsis, which are words that the listener inserts in spoken language to fill gaps. Moreover, other aspects of utterances found in spoken languages are non-fluency features including: voiced/un-voiced pauses (i.e. "umm"), tag questions, and false starts, or when someone begins uttering again to correct themselves. Other features include fillers (i.e. "and stuff"), accent/dialect, deictic expressions (utterances such as "over there!" that need further explanation to be understood), simple conjunctions ("and," "but," etc.), and colloquial lexis (everyday informal words).Utterances that are portrayed in writing are planned, unlike utterances in improvised spoken language. In written language there are frameworks that are used to portray this type of language. Discourse structure (which can also be found in spoken language) is how the conversation is organized, in which adjacency pairs - an utterance and the answer to that utterance - are used. Discourse markers are used to organize conversation ("first," "secondly," etc.). Lexis denotes the words being used in a text or spoken; these words can create a semantic field. For example, a semantic field of love can be created with lexical choices such as adore, admire, and care.


  1. utter

    Utter refers to the act of expressing or vocalizing something, often in audible words or vocal sounds. It can also mean absolute, total, or complete when used as an adjective.

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  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. UTTER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Utter is ranked #7668 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Utter surname appeared 4,331 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Utter.

    94.2% or 4,083 total occurrences were White.
    2.3% or 103 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 69 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 31 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 30 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.3% or 15 total occurrences were Black.

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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. Dov Hikind:

    Everyone's in utter shock.

  2. Amnesty International Iran researcher:

    This punishment exposes the utter brutality of Iran's justice system and underlines the Iranian authorities' shocking disregard for basic humanity, meting out cruel and inhuman retribution punishments is not justice. Blinding, like stoning, amputation and flogging, is a form of corporal punishment prohibited by international law. Such punishments should not be carried out under any circumstances.

  3. Woody Allen:

    More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.

  4. John Milton:

    Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.

  5. 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.

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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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