[ uht-er ]
/ ˈʌt ər /

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.

Origin of utter

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

Related forms

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

Can be confused

udder utter
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British Dictionary definitions for uttered (1 of 2)


/ (ˈʌtə) /


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

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 uttered (2 of 2)


/ (ˈʌtə) /


(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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