• Utter

    Pronunciation

    Origin 1

    From Old English ūtera, comparative of ūt ("out"); compare outer.

    Full definition of utter

    Adjective

    utter

    1. (now poetic, literary) Outer; furthest out, most remote. from 10th c.
      • ChapmanBy him a shirt and utter mantle laid.
      • SpenserAs doth an hidden moth
        The inner garment fret, not th' utter touch.
      • MiltonThrough utter and through middle darkness borne.
    2. (obsolete) Outward. 13th–16th c.
      • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Matthew XXIII:Wo be to you scrybes and pharises ypocrites, for ye make clene the utter side off the cuppe, and off the platter: but within they are full of brybery and excesse.
      • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.10:So forth without impediment I past,
        Till to the Bridges utter gate I came ....
    3. Absolute, unconditional, total, complete. from 15th c.utter ruin; utter darkness
      • AtterburyThey ... are utter strangers to all those anxious thoughts which disquiet mankind.
      • 1920 , Edgar Rice Burroughs , Thuvia, Maiden of Mars Chapter , His eyes could not penetrate the darkness even to the distinguishing of his hand before his face, while the banths, he knew, could see quite well, though absence of light were utter.

    Synonyms

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    Origin 2

    Partly from out (adverb/verb), partly from Middle Dutch uteren.

    Verb

    1. (transitive) To sayDon't you utter another word!
    2. (transitive) To use the voiceSally uttered a sigh of relief.The dog uttered a growling bark.
    3. (transitive) To make speech sounds which may or may not have an actual language involvedSally is uttering some fairly strange things in her illness.
    4. (transitive) To make (a noise)Sally's car uttered a hideous shriek when she applied the brakes.
    5. (legal, transitive) To put counterfeit money etc. into circulation

    Origin 3

    Old English ūtor, comparative of ūt ("out").

    Adverb

    utter

    1. (obsolete) Further out; further away, outside.
      • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book VI:So whan he com nyghe to hir, she bade hym ryde uttir – ‘for thou smellyst all of the kychyn.’----
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