Main definitions of utter in English

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utter1

adjective

  • [attributive] Complete; absolute.

    ‘Charlotte stared at her in utter amazement’
    • ‘There is no doubt that people listening to this will be absolutely flabbergasted by the utter waste of time that has gone on here tonight.’
    • ‘Another persistent theme is the utter disregard for the health and safety of working people.’
    • ‘You seem to have found a balance between absolute asceticism and utter hedonism.’
    • ‘To my complete and utter amazement, I felt okay, not just physically but emotionally as well.’
    • ‘Such behavior exemplifies the utter contempt in which he was held by U.S. officials.’
    • ‘He just looked at Adam in absolute, utter disgust and contempt.’
    • ‘The general manager stared at him in utter amazement.’
    • ‘The utter inconsistency is absolutely breathtaking.’
    • ‘She later apologised but the judge said she was a ‘harridan’ who had acted like ‘an utter and absolute maniac’.’
    • ‘To my utter amazement, she hardly cried for more than a few seconds!’
    • ‘He looked back and there was Megan, standing at the door with a tear stained face, her expression showing pure and utter confusion and disbelief.’
    • ‘But, being a total and utter obsessive perfectionist about most things, it has been a good challenge for me to leave it very imperfect.’
    • ‘To his utter horror and amazement, 20 to 30 journalists were there to meet him.’
    • ‘Your first thought might be to regard this as utter lunacy.’
    • ‘The look Evangeline gave me was one of complete and utter amazement.’
    • ‘I believe that what has happened is nothing short of an absolute and utter tragedy.’
    • ‘The rest of the night was filled with small talk and other utter nonsense.’
    • ‘To walk into a bar even with a toy gun was an act of absolute and utter madness.’
    • ‘He looked at me for a moment in utter confusion, then snapped his fingers as if he suddenly realised who I was.’
    • ‘The night had been a mess, an absolute, utter disaster.’
    complete, total, absolute, thorough, perfect, downright, out-and-out, outright, thoroughgoing, all-out, sheer, positive, prize, rank, pure, dyed-in-the-wool, deep-dyed, real, veritable, consummate, categorical, unmitigated, unqualified, unadulterated, unalloyed, unconditional, unequivocal, full, unlimited, limitless, infinite, ultimate
    right, proper
    arrant
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Origin

Old English ūtera, ūttra ‘outer’, comparative of ūt ‘out’; compare with outer.

Pronunciation:

utter

/ˈʌtə/

Main definitions of utter in English

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utter2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Make (a sound) with one's voice.

    ‘he uttered an exasperated snort’
    • ‘He tossed his head slightly, and uttered a small sound, barely an exhalation.’
    • ‘She stuttered awkwardly, trying to introduce herself, incapable of uttering a coherent sound.’
    • ‘Matt nodded in her direction, not uttering a single sound.’
    • ‘Adriane uttered a weak cry as she tripped over her own feet, exhausted.’
    • ‘The press politely looked the other way, never uttering a peep.’
    • ‘Her terror was far too great to permit her mouth to utter a sound.’
    • ‘Her mouth had gone so dry she could not utter a sound.’
    • ‘Many uttered sounds of warm appreciation while giving a standing ovation when the show concluded.’
    • ‘My throat was so parched that I could barely utter a sound.’
    • ‘He panted, tried to speak but was unable to utter a sound.’
    • ‘Stepping back, he opened his mouth to speak but could not utter a sound.’
    • ‘She shakes her head, nods and shrugs, but won't utter a sound, even when asked direct questions.’
    • ‘Julia uttered a tiny sound, a sort of squeak of surprise.’
    • ‘Not a sound was uttered, and it seemed that everyone was holding their breath.’
    • ‘She could not even utter a cry of pain, just a short gasp of disbelief.’
    • ‘As if on key, she utters one of her old undignified yelps because her newly distinguished father walks into the room.’
    • ‘The now familiar voice sounded yet a third time, uttering the first sound I heard after my prayer.’
    • ‘He was so surprised by this sudden attack that he didn't utter a sound.’
    • ‘He looked thoughtful for a moment, then he uttered a low sound of understanding.’
    • ‘There is someone though that could make that claim but has never uttered a peep.’
    • ‘Arthur opened his mouth to protest or demand an explanation - but let his mouth hang open without uttering a sound.’
    • ‘You could actually participate in telling a lie without uttering a single sound.’
    emit, let out, give, produce, give vent to, issue, come out with, breathe
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    1. 1.1Say (something) aloud.
      ‘they are busily scribbling down every word she utters’
      • ‘The little boy utters the same encouraging words she used to cheer him up.’
      • ‘"No, " Jim replies, uttering what is perhaps the single saddest word in the book.’
      • ‘He acknowledged that it would not have been out of character for him to have uttered such a phrase.’
      • ‘Karen closed her eyes and drew in several sharp breaths as he uttered those words.’
      • ‘She just about managed to utter the last two words before she pushed away his hands, buried her face in her own skirts and burst into tears.’
      • ‘The defendant is entitled to particulars of where and when the slander was alleged to have been uttered.’
      • ‘She regretted the words the moment she uttered them.’
      • ‘I uttered a single swear word and looked away impatiently.’
      • ‘It was at this point that he uttered his now infamous statement that ‘when the seagulls follow the trawler it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea’.’
      • ‘The threatening tone in which he uttered those words would once have made her flinch, but she did not.’
      • ‘Before slipping into unconsciousness, he uttered just five more words.’
      • ‘Tall and well-built he never uttered a wrong word on the field of play.’
      • ‘He probably utters the word ‘hipster’ 20 times a day before breakfast.’
      • ‘‘I love you’ - three simple words uttered millions of times a day by millions of people, some of whom might even mean it.’
      • ‘When the phrase ‘electronic music’ is uttered, several things come to my mind.’
      • ‘The word dude is uttered all the time in LA, in casual conversation, in business meetings, and from the pulpit.’
      • ‘‘It's shocking news’ were the words uttered by each and every farmer interviewed by the Western People.’
      • ‘She blinked stupidly at him, too shocked to utter a word.’
      • ‘When she is gone, Jack angrily punches the air and utters a curse.’
      • ‘We all walked back to the van not uttering even a word; we dropped everyone at home.’
      • ‘Edwards, as nearly as I can tell, never utters a word without one or more hands gesturing in some significant, word-intensifying manner.’
      • ‘While I disagree with him on many issues, he utters some uncomfortable truths.’
      • ‘He can barely conceal his contempt when he utters the words, ‘liberal intelligencia’.’
  • 2Law
    Put (forged money) into circulation.

    • ‘A day later he was granted bail for offences of conspiracy to utter counterfeit currency and conspiracy to defraud.’
    • ‘He was once arrested on suspicion of having uttered forged bills.’
    • ‘There was one offence after the other: covering up the books, uttering, forging, and falsifying cheques, and on top of that there were five drink-driving convictions.’
    • ‘That man, who had pleaded guilty to forging and uttering, filled out his electoral return wrongly, took money that he said he would not take, and filled in his ministerial return as being nil.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Middle Dutch ūteren speak, make known, give currency to coins.

Pronunciation:

utter

/ˈʌtə/