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utter1

[uht-er] /ˈʌt ər/
verb (used with object)
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.
Phonetics. to produce (speech sounds, speechlike sounds, syllables, words, etc.) audibly, with or without reference to formal language.
4.
to express (oneself or itself), especially 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 especially counterfeit money or forged checks.
9.
to expel; emit.
10.
Obsolete. to publish, as a book.
11.
Obsolete. to sell.
verb (used without object)
12.
to employ the faculty of speech; use the voice to talk, make sounds, etc.:
His piety prevented him from uttering on religion.
13.
to sustain utterance; undergo speaking:
Those ideas are so dishonest they will not utter.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English outren (see out, -er6); cognate with German äussern to declare
Related forms
utterable, adjective
utterer, noun
utterless, adjective
unuttered, adjective
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Examples from the web for uttered
  • He was well-spoken, uttered not a single obscenity and had good teeth.
  • Finally, having uttered not a single call, they disappeared over the edge of a river gorge and into the forested twilight.
  • Our first words may have been uttered to warn our family of cats, snakes or eagles.
  • Recently the guy next to me on the plane suddenly uttered an oath and stood up to reveal that his fountain pen had flooded.
  • In both these languages the meanings of words are conveyed by the pitch at which they are uttered.
  • Many of the people that have uttered the above phrase have a new opinion on people with tattoos.
  • The increasingly blatant nature of the nonsense uttered with impunity in public discourse is chilling.
  • He has tossed off the top of his head and uttered himself in copious overflows of ghastly bosh.
  • But from time to time he uttered cynical maxims about academic work and life that have turned out to be accurate.
  • Perhaps the words aren't so different from those uttered by students around the world grappling with a new language.
British Dictionary definitions for uttered

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 uttered

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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