AskDefine | Define utter

Dictionary Definition

utter adj
1 without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers; "an arrant fool"; "a complete coward"; "a consummate fool"; "a double-dyed villain"; "gross negligence"; "a perfect idiot"; "pure folly"; "what a sodding mess"; "stark staring mad"; "a thoroughgoing villain"; "utter nonsense" [syn: arrant(a), complete(a), consummate(a), double-dyed(a), everlasting(a), gross(a), perfect(a), pure(a), sodding(a), stark(a), staring(a), thoroughgoing(a), utter(a)]
2 total; "dead silence"; "utter seriousness" [syn: dead(a), utter(a)]


1 articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise; "She expressed her anger"; "He uttered a curse" [syn: express, verbalize, verbalise, give tongue to]
2 express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words); "She let out a big heavy sigh"; "He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand" [syn: emit, let out, let loose]
3 express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize" [syn: talk, speak, mouth, verbalize, verbalise]
4 put into circulation; "utter counterfeit currency"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • italbrac RP /ˈʌtə/
  • italbrac US /ˈʌtɚ/
  • Rhymes with: -ʌtə(r)


  1. absolute, unconditional
    This is utter nonsense!
  2. weird, strange

Derived terms




  1. To say
    Don't you utter another word!
  2. To use the voice
    Sally uttered a sigh of relief.
  3. To make speech sounds which may or may not have an actual language involved
    Sally is uttering some fairly strange things in her illness.
  4. To make (a noise)
    Sally's car uttered a hideous shriek when she applied the brakes.
  5. To put counterfeit money etc. into circulation


use the voice
make speech sounds
make a noise



  1. otter; a mammal of the family Mustelidae

Extensive Definition

An utterance is a complete unit of speech in spoken language. It is generally but not always bounded by silence.
It can be represented and delineated in written language in many ways. Note that utterances do not exist in written language, only their representations do.


utter in Spanish: Enunciado
utter in Galician: Enunciado
utter in Japanese: 発話

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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