I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, remote, from Old English ūtera outer, comparative adjective from ūt out, adverb — more at out Date: 15th century carried to the utmost point or highest degree ; absolute, total <
utter darkness
utter strangers
utterly adverb II. verb Etymology: Middle English uttren, from utter outside, adverb, from Old English ūtor, comparative of ūt out Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. obsolete to offer for sale 2. a. to send forth as a sound <
utter a sigh
b. to give utterance to ; pronounce, speak <
refused to utter his name
c. to give public expression to ; express in words <
utter an opinion
3. to put (as currency) into circulation; specifically to circulate (as a counterfeit note) as if legal or genuine <
utter false tokens
4. to put forth or out ; discharge intransitive verb to make a statement or sound Synonyms: see expressutterable adjectiveutterer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Utter — Ut ter, a. [OE. utter, originally the same word as outer. See {Out}, and cf. {Outer}, {Utmost}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Outer. Thine utter eyen. Chaucer. [Obs.] By him a shirt and utter mantle laid. Chapman. [1913 Webster] As doth an hidden moth The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Utter — Ut ter, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Uttered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Uttering}.] [OE. outren, freq. of outen to utter, put out, AS. [=u]tian to put out, eject, fr. [=u]t out. [root]198. See {Out}, and cf. {Utter}, a.] [1913 Webster] 1. To put forth or out; to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • utter — Ⅰ. utter [1] ► ADJECTIVE ▪ complete; absolute. DERIVATIVES utterly adverb. ORIGIN Old English, «outer». Ⅱ. utter [2] ► VERB …   English terms dictionary

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  • utter — vb 1 *say, tell, state Analogous words: enunciate, *articulate, pronounce: *speak, talk 2 *express, vent, voice, broach, air, ventilate Analogous words: enunciate, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • utter */ — I UK [ˈʌtə(r)] / US [ˈʌtər] verb [transitive] Word forms utter : present tense I/you/we/they utter he/she/it utters present participle uttering past tense uttered past participle uttered literary 1) to say something As soon as he d uttered the… …   English dictionary

  • utter — utter1 utterable, adj. utterer, n. utterless, adj. /ut euhr/, v.t. 1. to give audible expression to; speak or pronounce: unable to utter her feelings; Words were uttered in my hearing. 2. to give forth (cries, notes, etc.) with the voice: to… …   Universalium

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