WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ut•ter1 /ˈʌtɚ/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to speak or pronounce:He was unable to utter a word.
  2. to emit or give out (cries, notes, etc.) with the voice:to utter a sigh.
  3. to give forth (a sound) otherwise than with the voice:The engine uttered a shriek.

ut•ter2 /ˈʌtɚ/USA pronunciation   adj. [before a noun]
  1. complete;
    absolute:utter abandonment to grief.
ut•ter•ly, adv.: That book is utterly boring.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
ut•ter1  (utər), 
  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. [Phonet.]to produce (speech sounds, speechlike sounds, syllables, words, etc.) audibly, with or without reference to formal language.
  4. to express (oneself or itself ), esp. 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 esp. counterfeit money or forged checks.
  9. to expel;
  10. [Obs.]to publish, as a book.
  11. [Obs.]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.
  • Etymology:1350–1400;
    Middle English outren (see out, -er6);
    cognate with German äussern to declare
    utter•a•ble, adj. 
    utter•er, n. 
    utter•less, adj. 

    ut•ter2  (utər), 
    1. complete;
      absolute:her utter abandonment to grief.
    2. unconditional; unqualified:an utter denial.
    Etymology:bef. 900;
    Middle English;
    Old English uttra, ūtera outer. See out, -er4
    utter•ness, n. 
    1 . See absolute. 

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    utter /ˈʌtə/ vb
    1. to give audible expression to (something): to utter a growl
    2. to put into circulation (counterfeit coin, forged banknotes, etc)
    3. (transitive) to make publicly known; publish: to utter slander
    Etymology: 14th Century: probably originally a commercial term, from Middle Dutch ūteren (modern Dutch uiteren) to make known; related to Middle Low German ūtern to sell, show

    ˈutterable adj ˈutterableness n ˈutterer n
    utter /ˈʌtə/ adj
    1. (prenominal) (intensifier): an utter fool, utter bliss, the utter limit
    Etymology: 15th Century: from Old English utera outer, comparative of ūte out (adv); related to Old High German ūzaro, Old Norse ūtri

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