2 [uht-er]
complete; total; absolute: her utter abandonment to grief.
unconditional; unqualified: an utter denial.

before 900; Middle English; Old English uttra, ūtera outer. See out, -er4

utterness, noun

1. See absolute.
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utter1 (ˈʌtə)
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; publish: to utter slander
4.  obsolete to give forth, issue, or emit
[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]

utter2 (ˈʌtə)
(prenominal) (intensifier): an utter fool; utter bliss; the utter limit
[C15: from Old English utera outer, comparative of ūteout (adv); related to Old High German ūzaro, Old Norse ūtri]

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Word Origin & History

"complete, total," O.E. utera, uterra, "outer," comparative adj. formed from ut (see out), from P.Gmc. *utizon (cf. O.N. utar, O.Fris. uttra, M.Du. utere, Du. uiter-, O.H.G. uzar, Ger. äußer "outer"), a comparative adj. from the base of out.
Uttermost, attested from c.1300, is more recent than utmost; M.E. also had uttermore (late 14c.), now, alas, no loger with us. Utterly (early 13c.) originally meant "sincerely, outspokenly" (cf. utter (v.)).

"speak, say," c.1400, in part from M.L.G. utern "to turn out, show, speak," from uter "outer," comparative adj. formed from ut "out;" in part from M.E. verb outen "to disclose," from O.E. utan "to put out," from ut (see out). Cf. Ger. 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). Utterance "that which is uttered" is attested from c.1454.
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