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utter2

[uht-er] /ˈʌt ər/
adjective
1.
complete; total; absolute:
her utter abandonment to grief.
2.
unconditional; unqualified:
an utter denial.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English uttra, ūtera outer. See out, -er4
Related forms
utterness, noun
Synonyms
1. See absolute.
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British Dictionary definitions for utterness

utter1

/ˈʌtə/
verb
1.
to give audible expression to (something) to utter a growl
2.
(criminal law) to put into circulation (counterfeit coin, forged banknotes, etc)
3.
(transitive) to make publicly known; publish to utter slander
4.
(obsolete) to give forth, issue, or emit
Derived Forms
utterable, adjective
utterableness, noun
utterer, noun
utterless, adjective
Word Origin
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/
adjective
1.
(prenominal) (intensifier) an utter fool, utter bliss, the utter limit
Word Origin
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 and History for utterness

utter

adj.

"complete, total," Old English utera, uterra, "outer," comparative adjective formed from ut (see out), from Proto-Germanic *utizon (cf. Old Norse utar, Old Frisian uttra, Middle Dutch utere, Dutch uiter-, Old High German uzar, German äußer "outer").

v.

"speak, say," c.1400, in part from Middle Low German utern "to turn out, show, speak," from uter "outer," comparative adj. formed from ut "out;" in part from Middle English verb outen "to disclose," from Old English utan "to put out," from ut (see out). Cf. German 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). Related: Uttered; uttering.

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