utter

The adjective utter is often used as an intensifier to mean "total" — often with negative connotations (like "utter failure"). As a verb, the word has a totally unrelated meaning: to speak or to articulate a sound.

If you utter something, you give it voice. You could utter a cry or utter complete sentences; either way, you are expressing yourself. However, if you declare someone an utter moron, you are saying he is a complete and total moron; not that he is a moron expressing himself. Don't confuse the spelling of utter with udder — the latter is the part of the cow that you milk.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: utter

1
adj
without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
2
v
express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
3
v
put into circulation
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: utter
1

adj without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers

utter nonsense”
Synonyms:
arrant, complete, consummate, double-dyed, everlasting, gross, perfect, pure, sodding, staring, stark, thoroughgoing, unadulterated
unmitigated
not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity; sometimes used as an intensifier

adj complete

utter seriousness”
Synonyms:
dead
complete
having every necessary or normal part or component or step
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v express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

“He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand”
Synonyms:
emit, let loose, let out
Types:
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call
utter in a loud voice or announce
gibber
chatter inarticulately; of monkeys
crow
express pleasure verbally
crow
utter shrill sounds
trumpet
utter in trumpet-like sounds
coo
cry softly, as of pigeons
call, cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell
utter a sudden loud cry
miaou, miaow
make a cat-like sound
tsk, tut, tut-tut
utter `tsk,' `tut,' or `tut-tut,' as in disapproval
echo, repeat
to say again or imitate
call
utter a characteristic note or cry
shoot
utter fast and forcefully
gurgle
utter with a gurgling sound
cry
utter a characteristic sound
nasale
speak in a nasal voice
bite out
utter
sigh
utter with a sigh
troat
emit a cry intended to attract other animals; used especially of animals at rutting time
lift
make audible
pant
utter while panting, as if out of breath
volley
utter rapidly
break into
express or utter spontaneously
heave
utter a sound, as with obvious effort
chorus
utter in unison
splutter, sputter
utter with a spitting sound, as if in a rage
deliver
utter (an exclamation, noise, etc.)
hoot
to utter a loud clamorous shout
grunt
issue a grunting, low, animal-like noise
wolf-whistle
whistle or howl approvingly at a female, of males
snort
indicate contempt by breathing noisily and forcefully through the nose
spit, spit out
utter with anger or contempt
groan, moan
indicate pain, discomfort, or displeasure
growl, grumble, rumble
to utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds
howl, wrawl, yammer, yowl
cry loudly, as of animals
bark
make barking sounds
baa, blat, blate, bleat
cry plaintively
bellow, roar
make a loud noise, as of animal
cheep, chirp, chirrup, peep
make high-pitched sounds
churr, whirr
make a vibrant sound, as of some birds
chirr
make a vibrant noise, of grasshoppers or cicadas
meow, mew
cry like a cat
quack
utter quacking noises
hoot
utter the characteristic sound of owls
cronk, honk
cry like a goose
hiss, sibilate, siss, sizz
make a sharp hissing sound, as if to show disapproval
sibilate
utter a sibilant
bray, hee-haw
braying characteristic of donkeys
oink, squeal
utter a high-pitched cry, characteristic of pigs
clack, click, cluck
make a clucking sounds, characteristic of hens
low, moo
make a low noise, characteristic of bovines
cackle
squawk shrilly and loudly, characteristic of hens
gobble
make a gurgling sound, characteristic of turkeys
neigh, nicker, whicker, whinny
make a characteristic sound, of a horse
gargle
utter with gargling or burbling sounds
caw
utter a cry, characteristic of crows, rooks, or ravens
mew
utter a high-pitched cry, as of seagulls
haw
utter `haw'
hem
utter `hem' or `ahem'
croak, cronk
utter a hoarse sound, like a raven
sing
to make melodious sounds
smack
press (the lips) together and open (the lips) noisily, as in eating
give
emit or utter
hollo
cry hollo
hurrah
shout `hurrah!'
halloo
shout `halloo', as when greeting someone or attracting attention
whoop
shout, as if with joy or enthusiasm
pipe, pipe up, shriek, shrill
utter a shrill cry
recite
repeat aloud from memory
cuckoo
repeat monotonously, like a cuckoo repeats his call
reecho
repeat back like an echo
parrot
repeat mindlessly
regurgitate, reproduce
repeat after memorization
pant-hoot
communicate by hooting and panting, as of primates
grunt-hoot
communicate by hooting and grunting, as of primates
howl, roar, ululate, wail, yaup, yawl
emit long loud cries
bay, quest
bark with prolonged noises, of dogs
yap, yelp, yip
bark in a high-pitched tone
screak, screech, skreak, skreigh, squawk
utter a harsh abrupt scream
chitter, twitter
make high-pitched sounds, as of birds
assibilate
insert a sibilant sound before or after (another sound)
gaggle
make a noise characteristic of a goose

v articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise

“He uttered a curse”
Synonyms:
express, give tongue to, verbalise, verbalize
Types:
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blaspheme, curse, cuss, imprecate, swear
utter obscenities or profanities
wish
make or express a wish
call out, cry, cry out, exclaim, outcry, shout
utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy
clamor, clamour
utter or proclaim insistently and noisily
shout out, vociferate
utter in a very loud voice
marvel
express astonishment or surprise about something
voice
give voice to
raise
cause to be heard or known; express or utter
breathe
utter or tell
drop
utter with seeming casualness
pour out
express without restraint
get off
deliver verbally
platitudinize
utter platitudes
say
utter aloud
represent
serve as a means of expressing something
say, state, tell
express in words
pooh-pooh
express contempt about
hurl, throw
utter with force; utter vehemently
lay out, present, represent
bring forward and present to the mind
misstate
state something incorrectly
answer, reply, respond
react verbally
belie, misrepresent
represent falsely
gee
give a command to a horse to turn to the right side
aah, ooh
express admiration and pleasure by uttering `ooh' or `aah'
introduce, precede, preface, premise
furnish with a preface or introduction
announce, declare
announce publicly or officially
articulate, enunciate, vocalise, vocalize
express or state clearly
dramatise, dramatize
represent something in a dramatic manner
portray
portray in words
get out
express with difficulty
declare
state emphatically and authoritatively
declare
make a declaration (of dutiable goods) to a customs official
mention, note, observe, remark
make mention of
bring forward, call up
bring forward for consideration
add, append, supply
state or say further
explain
define
give
convey or reveal information
embody
represent or express something abstract in tangible form
sum, sum up, summarise, summarize
be a summary of

v express in speech

Synonyms:
mouth, speak, talk, verbalise, verbalize
verbalise, verbalize
be verbose
Types:
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read
look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed
phonate, vocalise, vocalize
utter speech sounds
troll
speak or recite rapidly or in a rolling voice
begin
begin to speak or say
lip off, shoot one's mouth off
speak spontaneously and without restraint
shout
utter in a loud voice; talk in a loud voice (usually denoting characteristic manner of speaking)
whisper
speak softly; in a low voice
peep
speak in a hesitant and high-pitched tone of voice
speak up
speak louder; raise one's voice
snap, snarl
utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone
enthuse
utter with enthusiasm
speak in tongues
speak unintelligibly in or as if in religious ecstasy
swallow
utter indistinctly
verbalise, verbalize
be verbose
whiff
utter with a puff of air
talk about, talk of
discuss or mention
blubber, blubber out
utter while crying
drone, drone on
talk in a monotonous voice
bumble, falter, stammer, stutter
speak haltingly
rasp
utter in a grating voice
blunder, blunder out, blurt, blurt out, ejaculate
utter impulsively
inflect, modulate, tone
vary the pitch of one's speech
deliver, present
deliver (a speech, oration, or idea)
generalise, generalize
speak or write in generalities
blab, blabber, chatter, clack, gabble, gibber, maunder, palaver, piffle, prate, prattle, tattle, tittle-tattle, twaddle
speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
chatter
make noise as if chattering away
jaw, rattle on, yack, yack away, yap away
talk incessantly and tiresomely
open up
talk freely and without inhibition
snivel, whine
talk in a tearful manner
murmur
speak softly or indistinctly
maunder, mumble, mussitate, mutter
talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice
slur
utter indistinctly
bark
speak in an unfriendly tone
bay
utter in deep prolonged tones
jabber, mouth off, rabbit on, rant, rave, spout
talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
hiss, sibilate, siss, sizz
express or utter with a hiss
cackle
talk or utter in a cackling manner
babble
utter meaningless sounds, like a baby, or utter in an incoherent way
chant, intone, tone
utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically
gulp
utter or make a noise, as when swallowing too quickly
sing
produce tones with the voice
numerate
read out loud as words written numbers
dictate
say out loud for the purpose of recording
discuss, hash out, talk over
speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion
blaspheme
speak of in an irreverent or impious manner
coo
speak softly or lovingly
scream, yell
utter or declare in a very loud voice
holler, holler out
shout out
roar, thunder
utter words loudly and forcefully
rhapsodise, rhapsodize
say (something) with great enthusiasm
speechify
make speeches; hold forth, or harangue with a certain degree of formality
babble, blather, blether, blither, smatter
to talk foolishly
susurrate
issue soft noises
bawl, bellow
shout loudly and without restraint
place
sing a note with the correct pitch
troll
sing loudly and without inhibition
croon
sing softly
cantillate, chant, intonate, intone
recite with musical intonation; recite as a chant or a psalm
descant, warble, yodel
sing by changing register; sing by yodeling
quaver, trill, warble
sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below
treble
sing treble
hum
sing with closed lips
call
read aloud to check for omissions or absentees
belt, belt out
sing loudly and forcefully
descant on
sing a descant on a main tune or melody
vocalise, vocalize
sing (each note a scale or in a melody) with the same vowel
harmonise, harmonize
sing or play in harmony
descant
sing in descant
sing along
sing with a choir or an orchestra
psalm
sing or celebrate in psalms
minstrel
celebrate by singing, in the style of minstrels
solmizate
sing using syllables like `do', `re' and `mi' to represent the tones of the scale
chirp, tweedle
sing in modulation
choir, chorus
sing in a choir
sing
deliver by singing
Type of:
communicate, intercommunicate
transmit thoughts or feelings
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v put into circulation

utter counterfeit currency”
Type of:
circulate, distribute, pass around, pass on
cause be distributed
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