Word of the Day: utter

Word of the Day
June 9, 2016
utter (verb, adjective)
/ˈʌtɚ/  sound icon
Sometimes what we are thinking can be hard to utter.
As a verb, utter means 'to pronounce or speak,' 'to make cries or sounds with the voice' and also, for non-living things, 'to make a sound.' Utter also means 'to make something public.' As an adjective, utter means 'complete' or 'absolute.'


Example sentences
As he uttered the words, Harry realized he was making a mistake.
The birds uttered cries of alarm when they saw the cat.
The car struggled up the hill, its engine uttering strange clanking noises.
The court found the newspaper had uttered a libel against the politician.
That woman is an utter genius!


Did you know?
As a verb, utter is synonymous with "say," but a little more formal and more emphatic; often it may indicate that what is being said is important or weighty in some way. While both utter and say focus on what is being expressed, the word talk, which we often think of as synonymous or similar, has to do with the fact that something is being said.
Other forms
utterly (adverb), utterer (noun), utterance (noun), utterable (adjective)
Utter dates back to the second half of the 14th century and comes from the Middle English word outren; it is similar to the German word äußern, meaning 'to declare.'
Utter in other languages
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