uttering

[uht-er-ing]
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noun Law.
  1. the crime of knowingly tendering or showing a forged instrument or counterfeit coin to another with intent to defraud.

Origin of uttering

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at utter1, -ing1

utter

1
[uht-er]
verb (used with object)
  1. to give audible expression to; speak or pronounce: unable to utter her feelings; Words were uttered in my hearing.
  2. to give forth (cries, notes, etc.) with the voice: to utter a sigh.
  3. Phonetics. to produce (speech sounds, speechlike sounds, syllables, words, etc.) audibly, with or without reference to formal language.
  4. to express (oneself or itself), especially in words.
  5. to give forth (a sound) otherwise than with the voice: The engine uttered a shriek.
  6. to express by written or printed words.
  7. to make publicly known; publish: to utter a libel.
  8. to put into circulation, as coins, notes, and especially counterfeit money or forged checks.
  9. to expel; emit.
  10. Obsolete. to publish, as a book.
  11. Obsolete. to sell.
verb (used without object)
  1. to employ the faculty of speech; use the voice to talk, make sounds, etc.: His piety prevented him from uttering on religion.
  2. to sustain utterance; undergo speaking: Those ideas are so dishonest they will not utter.

Origin of utter

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1350–1400; Middle English outren (see out, -er6); cognate with German äussern to declare
Related formsut·ter·a·ble, adjectiveut·ter·er, nounut·ter·less, adjectiveun·ut·tered, adjective
Can be confusedudder utter
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Examples from the Web for uttering

Contemporary Examples of uttering

Historical Examples of uttering

  • After uttering these words the Professor walked away from the table.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • Flora, uttering these words in a deep voice, enjoyed herself immensely.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • I rolled about on the ground, uttering the most heartrending cries.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • For a moment he was on the point of uttering irrevocable words.

  • And uttering another yell, he fell in a fit upon the ground.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens


British Dictionary definitions for uttering

utter

1
verb
  1. to give audible expression to (something)to utter a growl
  2. criminal law to put into circulation (counterfeit coin, forged banknotes, etc)
  3. (tr) to make publicly known; publishto utter slander
  4. obsolete to give forth, issue, or emit
Derived Formsutterable, 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

utter

2
adjective
  1. (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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Word Origin and History for uttering

utter

adj.

"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").

utter

v.

"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.

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