Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


[uht-er-lee] /ˈʌt ər li/
in an utter manner; completely; absolutely.
Origin of utterly
1175-1225; Middle English; see utter2, -ly
entirely, fully, wholly, totally. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for utterly
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Karl looked sullen and discontented, and utterly unlike himself.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • She was too utterly unacquainted with the ground to venture.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • We had only one other, which was very poor and utterly insufficient for our purpose.

    North-Pole Voyages Zachariah Atwell Mudge
  • I was certainly present at the ceremony, but I have utterly forgotten her name.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • We utterly tire of the commonplaces in which he praises them.

    Studies in Medival Life and Literature Edward Tompkins McLaughlin
British Dictionary definitions for utterly


(intensifier): I'm utterly miserable
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for utterly

early 13c., "truly, plainly, outspokenly," from utter (v.) + -ly (1); meaning "to an absolute degree" is late 14c., from utter (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for utterly

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for utterly

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for utterly