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

Definition for utter (2 of 2)

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[ 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
1. See absolute.
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
utterable, adjectiveutterableness, nounutterer, nounutterless, adjective
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
C15: from Old English utera outer, comparative of ūte out (adv); related to Old High German ūzaro, Old Norse ūtri
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