utter Definition

  • 1to say something or to make a sound with your voice
  • 2complete; absolute

Using utter: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "utter" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He uttered a cry of pain.

  • Example

    She refused to utter a word about the incident.

  • Example

    The room was so quiet that you could hear a pin drop, except for the occasional cough or sneeze uttered by someone in the audience.

  • Example

    The old man uttered a curse under his breath.

utter Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using utter

  • utter a word

    to say something, especially when it is difficult or unpleasant


    She didn't utter a word during the entire meeting.

  • completely impossible


    It's utterly impossible to finish this project by tomorrow.

  • completely ridiculous


    The idea of building a bridge to the moon is utterly ridiculous.

Phrases with utter

  • utter chaos

    a state of complete disorder and confusion


    The scene at the accident site was one of utter chaos.

  • a state of complete absence of sound or noise


    The library was filled with utter silence, except for the occasional sound of pages turning.

  • something that is completely untrue or illogical


    The politician's speech was filled with utter nonsense.

Origins of utter

from Old English 'ūtera', meaning 'outer'


Summary: utter in Brief

The verb 'utter' [ˈʌtər] means to say something or to make a sound with your voice. It can also mean complete or absolute. Examples include 'He uttered a cry of pain.' and 'The old man uttered a curse under his breath.' Phrases like 'utter chaos' and idioms like 'utter a word' extend the term's usage.

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