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Meaning of utter by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈʌtə/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈʌtɚ/
    • Rhymes: -ʌtə( r )

    Etymology 1

    Old English ūtera, comparative of ūt ( “out” ); compare outer .


    utter ( not comparable )

    1. ( now poetic, literary ) Outer; furthest out, most remote. [from 10th c.]
    2. ( obsolete ) Outward. [13th-16th c.]
    3. Absolute, unconditional, total, complete. [from 15th c.]
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    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

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

    Etymology 3

    Old English ūtor, comparative of ūt ( “out” ) .


    utter ( comparative more utter, superlative most utter )

    1. ( obsolete ) Further out; further away, outside.

Explanation of utter by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. articulate

    2. He uttered a curse
    3. express in speech

    4. express audibly

    5. He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand
    6. put into circulation

    7. utter counterfeit currency
    1. complete

    2. utter seriousness
    3. without qualification

    4. an arrant fool; a thoroughgoing villain; utter nonsense; the unadulterated truth

    Definition of utter by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Utter a. [OE. utter, originally the same word as outer. See Out, and cf. Outer, Utmost.]

      1. Outer. “Thine utter eyen.” Chaucer. [Obs.] “By him a shirt and utter mantle laid.” Chapman.

      As doth an hidden moth

      The inner garment fret, not th' utter touch. Spenser.

      2. Situated on the outside, or extreme limit; remote from the center; outer. [Obs.]

      Through utter and through middle darkness borne. Milton.

      The very utter part of Saint Adelmes point is five miles from Sandwich. Holinshed.

      3. Complete; perfect; total; entire; absolute; as, “utter ruin; utter darkness”.

      They . . . are utter strangers to all those anxious thoughts which disquiet mankind. Atterbury.

      4. Peremptory; unconditional; unqualified; final; as, “an utter refusal or denial”. Clarendon.

      Utter bar ( Law ), the whole body of junior barristers. See Outer bar, under 1st Outer. [Eng.] -- Utter barrister ( Law ), one recently admitted as barrister, who is accustomed to plead without, or outside, the bar, as distinguished from the benchers, who are sometimes permitted to plead within the bar. [Eng.] Cowell.

    2. Utter, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Uttered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Uttering.] [OE. outren, freq. of outen to utter, put out, AS. ūtian to put out, eject, fr. ūt out. √198. See Out, and cf. Utter, a.]

      1. To put forth or out; to reach out. [Obs.]

      How bragly [proudly] it begins to bud,

      And utter his tender head. Spenser.

      2. To dispose of in trade; to sell or vend. [Obs.]

      Such mortal drugs I have, but Mantua's law

      Is death to any he that utters them. Shak.

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

      3. 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”.

      The whole kingdom should continue in a firm resolution never to receive or utter this fatal coin. Swift.

      4. To give public expression to; to disclose; to publish; to speak; to pronounce. “Sweet as from blest, uttering joy.” Milton.

      The words I utter

      Let none think flattery, for they 'll find 'em truth. Shak.

      And the last words he uttered called me cruel. Addison.

      Syn. -- To deliver; give forth; issue; liberate; discharge; pronounce. See Deliver.