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ut·ter 1

 (ŭt′ər)
tr.v. ut·tered, ut·ter·ing, ut·ters
1. To send forth with the voice: uttered a cry.
2. To articulate (words); pronounce or speak: uttered "yes."
3. Law To put (counterfeit currency or a forged check or instrument) into circulation: utter a bad check.
4. Obsolete To offer (merchandise) for sale; sell.

[Middle English utteren, partly from Middle Low German uteren (from uter, outer, comparative of ūt, out; see ud- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) and alteration (influenced by utter, outer) of Middle English outen, to disclose (from out, out; see out).]

ut′ter·a·ble adj.
ut′ter·er n.

ut·ter 2

 (ŭt′ər)
adj.
Complete; absolute; entire: utter nonsense; utter darkness.

[Middle English, from Old English ūtera, outer; see ud- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

utter

(ˈʌtə)
vb
1. to give audible expression to (something): to utter a growl.
2. (Law) criminal law to put into circulation (counterfeit coin, forged banknotes, etc)
3. (tr) to make publicly known; publish: to utter slander.
4. obsolete to give forth, issue, or emit
[C14: probably originally a commercial term, from Middle Dutch ūteren (modern Dutch uiteren) to make known; related to Middle Low German ūtern to sell, show]
ˈutterable adj
ˈutterableness n
ˈutterer n
ˈutterless adj

utter

(ˈʌtə)
adj
(prenominal) (intensifier): an utter fool; utter bliss; the utter limit.
[C15: from Old English utera outer, comparative of ūte out (adv); related to Old High German ūzaro, Old Norse ūtri]

ut•ter1

(ˈʌt ər)

v.t.
1. to give audible, esp. verbal, expression to; speak or pronounce: unable to utter a word.
2. to emit (cries, notes, etc.) with the voice: to utter a sigh.
3. to give forth (a sound) otherwise than with the voice: The engine uttered a shriek.
4. to express by written or printed words.
5. to make publicly known; publish: to utter a libel.
6. to put into circulation, as coins, notes, and esp. counterfeit money or forged checks.
7. to expel; emit.
8. Obs. to publish, as a book.
9. Obs. to sell.
v.i.
10. to use the voice to talk, make sounds, etc.; speak.
[1350–1400; Middle English outren (see out, -er6); c. German äussern to declare]
ut′ter•a•ble, adj.

ut•ter2

(ˈʌt ər)

adj.
1. complete; total; absolute: utter abandonment to grief.
2. unconditional; unqualified: an utter denial.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English uttra, ūtera outer. See out, -er4]
ut′ter•ly, adv.
ut′ter•ness, n.

utter

  • arrant - Means "complete, utter," as in arrant knave, "an extremely untrustworthy individual."
  • explore - Comes from Latin, meaning "search out," from ex-, "out," and plorare, "utter a cry."
  • whicker - To utter a half-suppressed laugh.
  • yodel - From Bavarian jodln, "to utter the syllable jo (yo)."

utter


Past participle: uttered
Gerund: uttering

Imperative
utter
utter
Present
I utter
you utter
he/she/it utters
we utter
you utter
they utter
Preterite
I uttered
you uttered
he/she/it uttered
we uttered
you uttered
they uttered
Present Continuous
I am uttering
you are uttering
he/she/it is uttering
we are uttering
you are uttering
they are uttering
Present Perfect
I have uttered
you have uttered
he/she/it has uttered
we have uttered
you have uttered
they have uttered
Past Continuous
I was uttering
you were uttering
he/she/it was uttering
we were uttering
you were uttering
they were uttering
Past Perfect
I had uttered
you had uttered
he/she/it had uttered
we had uttered
you had uttered
they had uttered
Future
I will utter
you will utter
he/she/it will utter
we will utter
you will utter
they will utter
Future Perfect
I will have uttered
you will have uttered
he/she/it will have uttered
we will have uttered
you will have uttered
they will have uttered
Future Continuous
I will be uttering
you will be uttering
he/she/it will be uttering
we will be uttering
you will be uttering
they will be uttering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been uttering
you have been uttering
he/she/it has been uttering
we have been uttering
you have been uttering
they have been uttering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been uttering
you will have been uttering
he/she/it will have been uttering
we will have been uttering
you will have been uttering
they will have been uttering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been uttering
you had been uttering
he/she/it had been uttering
we had been uttering
you had been uttering
they had been uttering
Conditional
I would utter
you would utter
he/she/it would utter
we would utter
you would utter
they would utter
Past Conditional
I would have uttered
you would have uttered
he/she/it would have uttered
we would have uttered
you would have uttered
they would have uttered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.utter - articulateutter - articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise; "She expressed her anger"; "He uttered a curse"
blaspheme, curse, cuss, swear, imprecate - utter obscenities or profanities; "The drunken men were cursing loudly in the street"
wish - make or express a wish; "I wish that Christmas were over"
cry out, exclaim, call out, outcry, shout, cry - utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy; "`I won!' he exclaimed"; "`Help!' she cried"; "`I'm here,' the mother shouted when she saw her child looking lost"
clamour, clamor - utter or proclaim insistently and noisily; "The delegates clamored their disappointment"
vociferate, shout out - utter in a very loud voice; "They vociferated their demands"
marvel - express astonishment or surprise about something
voice - give voice to; "He voiced his concern"
raise - cause to be heard or known; express or utter; "raise a shout"; "raise a protest"; "raise a sad cry"
breathe - utter or tell; "not breathe a word"
drop - utter with seeming casualness; "drop a hint"; drop names"
pour out - express without restraint; "The woman poured out her frustrations as the judge listened"
get off - deliver verbally; "He got off the best line I've heard in a long time"
platitudinize - utter platitudes; "The candidate platitudinized and bored the audience"
say - utter aloud; "She said `Hello' to everyone in the office"
represent - serve as a means of expressing something; "The flower represents a young girl"
say, state, tell - express in words; "He said that he wanted to marry her"; "tell me what is bothering you"; "state your opinion"; "state your name"
pooh-pooh - express contempt about
hurl, throw - utter with force; utter vehemently; "hurl insults"; "throw accusations at someone"
2.utter - express audiblyutter - express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words); "She let out a big heavy sigh"; "He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand"
call - utter in a loud voice or announce; "He called my name"; "The auctioneer called the bids"
gibber - chatter inarticulately; of monkeys
crow - express pleasure verbally; "She crowed with joy"
crow - utter shrill sounds; "The cocks crowed all morning"
trumpet - utter in trumpet-like sounds; "Elephants are trumpeting"
coo - cry softly, as of pigeons
cry, scream, shout out, yell, squall, shout, holler, hollo, call - utter a sudden loud cry; "she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle"; "I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me"
miaou, miaow - make a cat-like sound
tsk, tut, tut-tut - utter `tsk,' `tut,' or `tut-tut,' as in disapproval
echo, repeat - to say again or imitate; "followers echoing the cries of their leaders"
call - utter a characteristic note or cry; "bluejays called to one another"
shoot - utter fast and forcefully; "She shot back an answer"
gurgle - utter with a gurgling sound; "`Help,' the stabbing victim gurgled"
cry - utter a characteristic sound; "The cat was crying"
nasale - speak in a nasal voice; "`Come here,' he nasaled"
bite out - utter; "She bit out a curse"
sigh - utter with a sigh
troat - emit a cry intended to attract other animals; used especially of animals at rutting time
lift - make audible; "He lifted a war whoop"
pant - utter while panting, as if out of breath
volley - utter rapidly; "volley a string of curses"
break into - express or utter spontaneously; "break into a yodel"; "break into a song"; "break into tears"
heave - utter a sound, as with obvious effort; "She heaved a deep sigh when she saw the list of things to do"
chorus - utter in unison; "`yes,' the children chorused"
splutter, sputter - utter with a spitting sound, as if in a rage
deliver - utter (an exclamation, noise, etc.); "The students delivered a cry of joy"
hoot - to utter a loud clamorous shout; "the toughs and blades of the city hoot and bang their drums, drink arak, play dice, and dance"
grunt - issue a grunting, low, animal-like noise; "He grunted his reluctant approval"
wolf-whistle - whistle or howl approvingly at a female, of males
snort - indicate contempt by breathing noisily and forcefully through the nose; "she snorted her disapproval of the proposed bridegroom"
spit, spit out - utter with anger or contempt
groan, moan - indicate pain, discomfort, or displeasure; "The students groaned when the professor got out the exam booklets"; "The ancient door soughed when opened"
growl, rumble, grumble - to utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds; "he grumbled a rude response"; "Stones grumbled down the cliff"
wrawl, yammer, yowl, howl - cry loudly, as of animals; "The coyotes were howling in the desert"
bark - make barking sounds; "The dogs barked at the stranger"
baa, blat, blate, bleat - cry plaintively; "The lambs were bleating"
bellow, roar - make a loud noise, as of animal; "The bull bellowed"
cheep, chirp, chirrup, peep - make high-pitched sounds; "the birds were chirping in the bushes"
churr, whirr - make a vibrant sound, as of some birds
chirr - make a vibrant noise, of grasshoppers or cicadas
meow, mew - cry like a cat; "the cat meowed"
quack - utter quacking noises; "The ducks quacked"
hoot - utter the characteristic sound of owls
cronk, honk - cry like a goose; "The geese were honking"
hiss, siss, sizz, sibilate - make a sharp hissing sound, as if to show disapproval
sibilate - utter a sibilant
bray, hee-haw - braying characteristic of donkeys
oink, squeal - utter a high-pitched cry, characteristic of pigs
cluck, clack, click - make a clucking sounds, characteristic of hens
low, moo - make a low noise, characteristic of bovines
cackle - squawk shrilly and loudly, characteristic of hens
gobble - make a gurgling sound, characteristic of turkeys
neigh, nicker, whicker, whinny - make a characteristic sound, of a horse
gargle - utter with gargling or burbling sounds
caw - utter a cry, characteristic of crows, rooks, or ravens
mew - utter a high-pitched cry, as of seagulls
3.utter - express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"
read - look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed; "The King will read the proclamation at noon"
communicate, intercommunicate - transmit thoughts or feelings; "He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist"
phonate, vocalise, vocalize - utter speech sounds
troll - speak or recite rapidly or in a rolling voice
begin - begin to speak or say; "Now listen, friends," he began
lip off, shoot one's mouth off - speak spontaneously and without restraint; "She always shoots her mouth off and says things she later regrets"
shout - utter in a loud voice; talk in a loud voice (usually denoting characteristic manner of speaking); "My grandmother is hard of hearing--you'll have to shout"
whisper - speak softly; in a low voice
peep - speak in a hesitant and high-pitched tone of voice
speak up - speak louder; raise one's voice; "The audience asked the lecturer to please speak up"
snap, snarl - utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone; "The sales clerk snapped a reply at the angry customer"; "The guard snarled at us"
enthuse - utter with enthusiasm
speak in tongues - speak unintelligibly in or as if in religious ecstasy; "The parishioners spoke in tongues"
swallow - utter indistinctly; "She swallowed the last words of her speech"
verbalise, verbalize - be verbose; "This lawyer verbalizes and is rather tedious"
whiff - utter with a puff of air; "whiff out a prayer"
talk of, talk about - discuss or mention; "They spoke of many things"
blubber out, blubber - utter while crying
drone on, drone - talk in a monotonous voice
stammer, stutter, bumble, falter - speak haltingly; "The speaker faltered when he saw his opponent enter the room"
rasp - utter in a grating voice
blunder out, blurt, blurt out, ejaculate, blunder - utter impulsively; "He blurted out the secret"; "He blundered his stupid ideas"
inflect, modulate, tone - vary the pitch of one's speech
deliver, present - deliver (a speech, oration, or idea); "The commencement speaker presented a forceful speech that impressed the students"
generalise, generalize - speak or write in generalities
blabber, palaver, piffle, prate, prattle, tattle, tittle-tattle, twaddle, gabble, gibber, blab, clack, maunder, chatter - speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
chatter - make noise as if chattering away; "The magpies were chattering in the trees"
rattle on, yack, yack away, yap away, jaw - talk incessantly and tiresomely
open up - talk freely and without inhibition
snivel, whine - talk in a tearful manner
murmur - speak softly or indistinctly; "She murmured softly to the baby in her arms"
mumble, mussitate, mutter, maunder - talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice
slur - utter indistinctly
bark - speak in an unfriendly tone; "She barked into the dictaphone"
bay - utter in deep prolonged tones
jabber, mouth off, rabbit on, rant, rave, spout - talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
siss, sizz, hiss, sibilate - express or utter with a hiss
cackle - talk or utter in a cackling manner; "The women cackled when they saw the movie star step out of the limousine"
babble - utter meaningless sounds, like a baby, or utter in an incoherent way; "The old man is only babbling--don't pay attention"
intone, tone, chant - utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically; "The students chanted the same slogan over and over again"
gulp - utter or make a noise, as when swallowing too quickly; "He gulped for help after choking on a big piece of meat"
sing - produce tones with the voice; "She was singing while she was cooking"; "My brother sings very well"
4.utter - put into circulation; "utter counterfeit currency"
pass around, circulate, distribute, pass on - cause be distributed; "This letter is being circulated among the faculty"
Adj.1.utter - 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"
unmitigated - not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity; sometimes used as an intensifier; "unmitigated suffering"; "an unmitigated horror"; "an unmitigated lie"
2.utter - complete; "came to a dead stop"; "utter seriousness"
complete - having every necessary or normal part or component or step; "a complete meal"; "a complete wardrobe"; "a complete set of the Britannica"; "a complete set of china"; "a complete defeat"; "a complete accounting"

utter

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utter

2
adjective absolute, complete, total, perfect, positive, pure, sheer, stark, outright, all-out, thorough, downright, real, consummate, veritable, unqualified, out-and-out, unadulterated, unmitigated, thoroughgoing, arrant, deep-dyed (usually derogatory) A look of utter confusion swept across his handsome face.

utter 1

verb
1. To produce or make (speech sounds):
2. To put into words:
Idiom: give tongue to.

utter 2

adjective
Translations
كُلّي، مُطْلَق، تامنطق (ب)يَنْطُق، يَتَفَوَّه
naprostýpronéstvydat
fuldstændigudstødeytre
äärimmäinenhouriapäästääsanoatäydellinen
alger, fullkominngefa frá sér hljóî; segja
absolūtsgalīgsizdvestizteiktpilnīgs
izrečiizustiti
fullständigrenyttra
belirtmeksöylemektam anlamıyla

utter

1 [ˈʌtəʳ] ADJcompleto, total; [madness] → puro; [fool] → perfecto
utter nonsense!¡tonterías!
it was an utter disasterfue un desastre total
he was in a state of utter depressionestaba completamente deprimido

utter

2 [ˈʌtəʳ] VT
1. [+ words] → pronunciar; [+ cry] → dar, soltar; [+ threat, insult etc] → proferir; [+ libel] → publicar
she never uttered a wordno dijo nada or (ni una) palabra
don't utter a word about itno le digas nada a nadie
2. (Jur) [+ counterfeit money] → poner en circulación, expender

utter

[ˈʌtər]
adj [disaster] → complet/ète; [madness] → pur(e); [confusion] → total(e), complet/ète; [fool] → fini(e)
to my utter amazement → à ma plus grande surprise
this is utter nonsense → c'est complètement absurde
vt [+ word] → prononcer; [+ cry] → pousser; [+ sound, laugh] → émettre

utter

1
adjtotal, vollkommen; rogue, drunkardunverbesserlich; disgust, miserygrenzenlos; disbelieftotal; despairtotal, absolut; a complete and utter waste of timeeine totale Zeitverschwendung; with utter certainty/convictionmit absoluter Sicherheit/Überzeugung; an utter strangerein Wildfremder m, → eine Wildfremde; what utter nonsense!so ein totaler Blödsinn! (inf)

utter

2
vt
(= say)von sich (dat)geben; wordsagen; word of complaintäußern; cry, sigh, threatausstoßen; libelverbreiten
(form) forged moneyin Umlauf bringen; chequeausstellen

utter

1 [ˈʌtəʳ] adj (disaster, silence) → totale, assoluto/a; (madness) → puro/a; (fool) → perfetto/a
that's utter nonsense → sono tutte sciocchezze

utter

2 [ˈʌtəʳ] vt (groan, sigh) → emettere; (cry, insult) → lanciare; (word) → pronunciare, proferire
she never uttered a word → non ha fiatato

utter1

(ˈatə) adjective
complete or total. There was utter silence; utter darkness.
ˈutterly adverb
completely or totally. She was utterly unaware of her danger.

utter2

(ˈatə) verb
to produce (sounds, eg cries, words etc) with the mouth. She uttered a sigh of relief; She didn't utter a single word of encouragement.
References in classic literature ?
And, to the utter amazement of the assembled family, Beth walked deliberately down the garden, through the hedge, and in at the Laurences' door.
I couldn't see any town, or even distant lights; we were surrounded by utter darkness.
It was some utter nonsense; some adventure out there in the water, and they both tried to relate it at once.
Happily, I may say that I utter nothing but the thoughts and the wishes of the King of Israel himself; for though the times may call for some slight changes, yet does this version which we use in the colonies of New England so much exceed all other versions, that, by its richness, its exactness, and its spiritual simplicity, it approacheth, as near as may be, to the great work of the inspired writer.
All that did not tend to decrease her utter restlessness.
Clifford," said she,--still too agitated to utter more than an abrupt sentence,--"Clifford has a home here
Pearl, in utter scorn of her mother's attempt to quiet her, gave an eldritch scream, and then became silent, not from any motion of obedience, but because the quick and mobile curiosity of her disposition was excited by the appearance of those new personages.
His heart began to sink within him; he endeavored to resume his psalm tune, but his parched tongue clove to the roof of his mouth, and he could not utter a stave.
She seemed fairly to square herself, plant herself more firmly to utter the wonder of it.
Some gamesome wights will tell you that they have to plant weeds there, they don't grow naturally; that they import Canada thistles; that they have to send beyond seas for a spile to stop a leak in an oil cask; that pieces of wood in Nantucket are carried about like bits of the true cross in Rome; that people there plant toadstools before their houses, to get under the shade in summer time; that one blade of grass makes an oasis, three blades in a day's walk a prairie; that they wear quicksand shoes, something like Laplander snowshoes; that they are so shut up, belted about, every way inclosed, surrounded, and made an utter island of by the ocean, that to their very chairs and tables small clams will sometimes be found adhering, as to the backs of sea turtles.
According to this little plan of theirs, the Guernsey-man, under cover of an interpreter's office, was to tell the Captain what he pleased, but as coming from Stubb; and as for Stubb, he was to utter any nonsense that should come uppermost in him during the interview.
It has failed; whereby I do now know that that which I had feared is a truth established; the sign of this failure is, that the most potent spirit known to the magicians of the East, and whose name none may utter and live, has laid his spell upon this well.