Definition of


  1. (verb, communication) articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise
    He uttered a curse
  2. (verb, communication) express in speech
    This depressed patient does not verbalize
  3. (verb, communication) express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
    He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand
  4. (verb, motion) put into circulation
  5. (adj, all) complete
    utter seriousness
  6. (adj, all) without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
    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

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Alternate forms of Utter

Derivations: utterable, utterance, utterer

Hyponyms: baa, babble, bark, bay, begin, bellow, bite out, blab, blabber, blaspheme, blat, blate, bleat, blubber, blubber out, blunder, blunder out, blurt, blurt out, bray, break into, breathe, bumble, cackle, call, call out, caw, chant, chatter, cheep, chirp, chirr, chirrup, chorus, churr, clack, clamor, clamour, click, cluck, coo, croak, cronk, crow, cry, cry out, curse, cuss, deliver, drone, drone on, drop, echo, ejaculate, enthuse, exclaim, falter, gabble, gargle, generalise, generalize, get off, gibber, give, gobble, groan, growl, grumble, grunt, gulp, gurgle, haw, heave, hee-haw, hem, hiss, holler, hollo, honk, hoot, howl, hurl, imprecate, inflect, intone, jabber, jaw, lift, lip off, low, marvel, maunder, meow, mew, miaou, miaow, moan, modulate, moo, mouth off, mumble, murmur, mussitate, mutter, nasale, neigh, nicker, oink, open up, outcry, palaver, pant, peep, phonate, piffle, platitudinize, pooh-pooh, pour out, prate, prattle, present, quack, rabbit on, raise, rant, rasp, rattle on, rave, read, repeat, represent, roar, rumble, say, scream, shoot, shoot one's mouth off, shout, shout out, sibilate, sigh, sing, siss, sizz, slur, smack, snap, snarl, snivel, snort, speak in tongues, speak up, spit, spit out, splutter, spout, sputter, squall, squeal, stammer, state, stutter, swallow, swear, talk about, talk of, tattle, tell, throw, tittle-tattle, tone, troat, troll, trumpet, tsk, tut, tut-tut, twaddle, verbalise, verbalize, vocalise, vocalize, vociferate, voice, volley, whicker, whiff, whine, whinny, whirr, whisper, wish, wolf-whistle, wrawl, yack, yack away, yammer, yap away, yell, yowl

Hypernyms: circulate, communicate, distribute, intercommunicate, pass around, pass on

Origin of the word Utter

  1. "complete, total," O.E. utera, uterra, "outer," comparative adj. formed from ut (see out), from P.Gmc. *utizon (cf. O.N. utar, O.Fris. uttra, M.Du. utere, Du. uiter-, O.H.G. uzar, Ger. ?u?er "outer"), a comparative adj. from the base of out. Uttermost, attested from c.1300, is more recent than utmost; M.E. al… more
  2. "speak, say," c.1400, in part from M.L.G. utern "to turn out, show, speak," from uter "outer," comparative adj. formed from ut "out;" in part from M.E. verb outen "to disclose," from O.E. utan "to put out," from ut (see out). Cf. Ger. ?ussern "to utter, express," from aus "out;" and colloquial phrase out with it "sp… more

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Words that sound like Utter

udder, utterer

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