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utter

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[ uht-er ]
/ ˈʌt ər /
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verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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.
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Origin of utter

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1350–1400; Middle English outren (see out, -er6); cognate with German äussern to declare

OTHER WORDS FROM utter

ut·ter·a·ble, adjectiveut·ter·er, nounut·ter·less, adjectiveun·ut·tered, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH utter

udder, utter

Other definitions for utter (2 of 2)

utter2
[ uht-er ]
/ ˈʌt ər /

adjective
complete; total; absolute: her utter abandonment to grief.
unconditional; unqualified: an utter denial.

Origin of utter

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before 900; Middle English; Old English uttra, ūtera outer. See out, -er4

synonym study for utter

1. See absolute.

OTHER WORDS FROM utter

ut·ter·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for utter (1 of 2)

utter1
/ (ˈʌtə) /

verb
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

Derived forms of utter

utterable, adjectiveutterableness, nounutterer, nounutterless, adjective

Word Origin for utter

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

British Dictionary definitions for utter (2 of 2)

utter2
/ (ˈʌtə) /

adjective
(prenominal) (intensifier)an utter fool; utter bliss; the utter limit

Word Origin for utter

C15: from Old English utera outer, comparative of ūte out (adv); related to Old High German ūzaro, Old Norse ūtri
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