- to give audible expression to; speak or pronounce: unable to utter her feelings; Words were uttered in my hearing.
- to give forth (cries, notes, etc.) with the voice: to utter a sigh.
- Phonetics. to produce (speech sounds, speechlike sounds, syllables, words, etc.) audibly, with or without reference to formal language.
- to express (oneself or itself), especially in words.
- to give forth (a sound) otherwise than with the voice: The engine uttered a shriek.
- to express by written or printed words.
- to make publicly known; publish: to utter a libel.
- to put into circulation, as coins, notes, and especially counterfeit money or forged checks.
- to expel; emit.
- Obsolete. to publish, as a book.
- Obsolete. to sell.
- to employ the faculty of speech; use the voice to talk, make sounds, etc.: His piety prevented him from uttering on religion.
- to sustain utterance; undergo speaking: Those ideas are so dishonest they will not utter.
Origin of utter1
Examples from the Web for uttered
Ricky Gervais, the sultan of scorn, uttered that cheeky bit while emceeing the Golden Globes ceremony a few years back.The Golden Globes Sobers Up (Sort Of): Years of Ridicule and Bribery Rumors Scares HFPA Straight
December 11, 2014
A network insider insisted: “No expletives were uttered by Mr Mason in the recording of his rant.”UK Reporter’s Anti-Banker Rant Goes Viral
November 13, 2014
The minute he uttered those words, he should have packed up and left New York City.Liam Neeson Loves Horses and Nietzsche
April 16, 2014
This is the kind of weak language that reeks of State Department memo writing and should never be uttered in public.President Obama’s Belgian Waffle
March 27, 2014
Here are a few of the craziest things Rafael Cruz has uttered on public stages in the last year.The Six Craziest Quotes From Ted Cruz’s Father, Rafael Cruz
November 7, 2013
But the first words he uttered showed a total unconsciousness of past events.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
This was the last word spoken by Mr. Gladstone and was uttered just before he died.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
He had uttered his own practical unbelief, however, with considerable accuracy.Weighed and Wanting
By all that's holy, as a favor to me, spit out the words you have uttered.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
Garson's comment as she departed was uttered with his accustomed bluntness.Within the Law
- to give audible expression to (something)to utter a growl
- criminal law to put into circulation (counterfeit coin, forged banknotes, etc)
- (tr) to make publicly known; publishto utter slander
- obsolete to give forth, issue, or emit
- (prenominal) (intensifier)an utter fool; utter bliss; the utter limit
Word Origin and History for uttered
"complete, total," Old English utera, uterra, "outer," comparative adjective formed from ut (see out), from Proto-Germanic *utizon (cf. Old Norse utar, Old Frisian uttra, Middle Dutch utere, Dutch uiter-, Old High German uzar, German äußer "outer").
"speak, say," c.1400, in part from Middle Low German utern "to turn out, show, speak," from uter "outer," comparative adj. formed from ut "out;" in part from Middle English verb outen "to disclose," from Old English utan "to put out," from ut (see out). Cf. German äussern "to utter, express," from aus "out;" and colloquial phrase out with it "speak up!" Formerly also used as a commercial verb (as release is now). Related: Uttered; uttering.