- the crime of knowingly tendering or showing a forged instrument or counterfeit coin to another with intent to defraud.
Origin of uttering
- 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
Related Words for utteringrecite, pronounce, blurt, whisper, express, deliver, mutter, articulate, enunciate, assert, shout, proclaim, speak, ejaculate, asseverate, chin, go, chime, modulate, declaim
Examples from the Web for uttering
Contemporary Examples of uttering
As early as the 1700s, politicians were getting mileage out of uttering obscenities.Calling BS on the Surge in Cursing by Beltway Politicians
February 28, 2013
Her arrest and detention for uttering the shema ought to find no sympathy from any Jew.Funds and a Unified Front
Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik
October 24, 2012
The way they laughed, hugged and engaged in conversation, never once uttering a bitter word about the wait.What a Powerful World This Will Be
November 5, 2008
Historical Examples of uttering
After uttering these words the Professor walked away from the table.The Secret Agent
Flora, uttering these words in a deep voice, enjoyed herself immensely.Little Dorrit
I rolled about on the ground, uttering the most heartrending cries.My Double Life
For a moment he was on the point of uttering irrevocable words.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
And uttering another yell, he fell in a fit upon the ground.Barnaby Rudge
- 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
Word Origin for utter
- (prenominal) (intensifier)an utter fool; utter bliss; the utter limit
Word Origin for utter
"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.