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Definition of the adjective utter

What does utter mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more utter / utterer | most utter / utterest

  1. without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
  2. complete and absolute
    • example: utter seriousness
    • synonym of utter: blank
    • similar: complete

Alternative definition of the adjective utter


  1. [context: now poetic, literary] Outer; furthest out, most remote. [definition from 10th c.]
  2. [obsolete] Outward. [definition 13th-16th c.]
  3. Absolute, unconditional, total. [definition from 15th c.]

Definition of the adverb utter

What does utter mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. [obsolete] Further out; further away, outside.

Definition of the verb utter

What does utter mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: uttered | uttering | utters

  1. articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise
  2. express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
    • example: He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of utter: emit / let loose / let out
    • more specific terms:
      • call = utter in a loud voice or announce
      • gibber = chatter inarticulately
      • crow = express pleasure verbally
      • crow = utter shrill sounds
      • trumpet = utter in trumpet-like sounds
      • coo = cry softly, as of pigeons
      • shout out / holler / scream / squall / hollo / shout / call / yell / cry = utter a sudden loud cry
      • miaou / miaow = make a cat-like sound
      • tut-tut / tsk / tut = utter `tsk,' `tut,' or `tut-tut,' as in disapproval
      • repeat / echo = to say again or imitate
      • call = utter a characteristic note or cry
      • shoot = utter fast and forcefully
      • gurgle = utter with a gurgling sound
      • cry = utter a characteristic sound
      • nasale = speak in a nasal voice
      • bite out = utter
      • sigh = utter with a sigh
      • troat = emit a cry intended to attract other animals
      • lift = make audible
      • pant = utter while panting, as if out of breath
      • volley = utter rapidly
      • break into = express or utter spontaneously
      • heave = utter a sound, as with obvious effort
      • chorus = utter in unison
      • splutter / sputter = utter with a spitting sound, as if in a rage
      • deliver = utter
      • hoot = to utter a loud clamorous shout
      • grunt = issue a grunting, low, animal-like noise
      • wolf-whistle = whistle or howl approvingly at a female, of males
      • snort = indicate contempt by breathing noisily and forcefully through the nose
      • spit out / spit = utter with anger or contempt
      • groan / moan = indicate pain, discomfort, or displeasure
      • grumble / rumble / growl = to utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds
      • yammer / wrawl / howl / yowl = cry loudly, as of animals
      • bark = make barking sounds
      • blate / bleat / blat / baa = cry plaintively
      • bellow / roar = make a loud noise, as of animal
      • chirrup / cheep / chirp / peep = make high-pitched sounds
      • churr / whirr = make a vibrant sound, as of some birds
      • chirr = make a vibrant noise, of grasshoppers or cicadas
      • meow / mew = cry like a cat
      • quack = utter quacking noises
      • hoot = utter the characteristic sound of owls
      • cronk / honk = cry like a goose
      • sibilate / hiss / siss / sizz = make a sharp hissing sound, as if to show disapproval
      • sibilate = utter a sibilant
      • hee-haw / bray = braying characteristic of donkeys
      • squeal / oink = utter a high-pitched cry, characteristic of pigs
      • clack / click / cluck = make a clucking sounds, characteristic of hens
      • low / moo = make a low noise, characteristic of bovines
      • cackle = squawk shrilly and loudly, characteristic of hens
      • gobble = make a gurgling sound, characteristic of turkeys
      • whicker / nicker / whinny / neigh = make a characteristic sound, of a horse
      • gargle = utter with gargling or burbling sounds
      • caw = utter a cry, characteristic of crows, rooks, or ravens
      • mew = utter a high-pitched cry, as of seagulls
      • haw = utter `haw'
      • hem = utter `hem' or `ahem'
      • croak / cronk = utter a hoarse sound, like a raven
      • sing = to make melodious sounds
      • smack = press (the lips) together and open (the lips) noisily, as in eating
      • give = emit or utter
  3. express in speech
  4. put into circulation

Alternative definition of the verb utter


  1. [transitive] To say
  2. [transitive] To use the voice
  3. [transitive] To make speech sounds which may or may not have an actual language involved
  4. [transitive] To make (a noise)
  5. [transitive] To put counterfeit money etc. into circulation

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Google previewThe Readable Dictionary (1860)

by John Williams (of Lancaster, O.)

fero, to utter.) A Car is a loud vocal sound uttered by man or animals. An Outcry is a loud cry, as of alarm, distress, etc. A SHoU'r is a vehement and sudden burst of voice expressing joy, triumph, exultation, or animated courage. Shouts are ...

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More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly. (Woody Allen)
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Scrabble value of U1T1T1E1R1

The value of this 5-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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