An utterance is a bit of spoken language. It could be anything from "Ugh!" to a full sentence.

To utter means "to say." So when you're saying something, you're making utterances. Saying "24" in math class is an utterance. A police officer yelling "Stop!" is an utterance. Saying "Good boy!" to your dog is an utterance. Even a long speech by the President is an utterance. If you can't hear it, it's not an utterance.

Definitions of utterance

n the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication

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roll call
calling out an official list of names
call, cry, outcry, shout, vociferation, yell
a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition
cry, yell
a loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate)
croak, croaking
a harsh hoarse utterance (as of a frog)
exclaiming, exclamation
an abrupt excited utterance
a word or phrase conveying no independent meaning but added to fill out a sentence or metrical line
groan, moan
an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
ahem, hem
the utterance of a sound similar to clearing the throat; intended to get attention, express hesitancy, fill a pause, hide embarrassment, warn a friend, etc.
howl, howling, ululation
a long loud emotional utterance
laugh, laughter
the sound of laughing
a soft indistinct utterance
calling out the name of a person (especially by a loudspeaker system)
vulgar or irreverent speech or action
the manner in which someone utters a word
exultation, jubilation, rejoicing
the utterance of sounds expressing great joy
sigh, suspiration
an utterance made by exhaling audibly
a vicious angry growl
speaking, speech production
the utterance of intelligible speech
something spoken
splutter, sputter
an utterance (of words) with spitting sounds (as in rage)
rasp, rasping
uttering in an irritated tone
a gruff or angry utterance (suggestive of the growling of an animal)
mail call
a call of names of those receiving mail
muster call
a call of the names of personnel at a military assembly
attendance check
a call of students' names in a classroom
the exchange of spoken words
bellow, bellowing, holla, holler, hollering, hollo, holloa, roar, roaring, yowl
a very loud utterance (like the sound of an animal)
blue murder
an extravagantly loud outcry
a cry expressing disapproval
clamor, clamoring, clamour, clamouring, hue and cry
loud and persistent outcry from many people
a shout to attract attention
a loud raucous cry (as of an owl)
a cry of praise or adoration (to God)
a loud outcry of protest or complaint
scream, screaming, screech, screeching, shriek, shrieking
sharp piercing cry
a loud hooting cry of exultation or excitement
battle cry, rallying cry, war cry, war whoop
a yell intended to rally a group of soldiers in battle
shouting, yelling
uttering a loud inarticulate cry as of pain or excitement
a songlike cry in which the voice fluctuates rapidly between the normal voice and falsetto
Bronx cheer, bird, boo, hiss, hoot, raspberry, razz, razzing, snort
a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt
blasphemous language (expressing disrespect for God or for something sacred)
dirty word, filth, obscenity, smut, vulgarism
an offensive or indecent word or phrase
curse, curse word, cuss, expletive, oath, swearing, swearword
profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger
deuce, devil, dickens
a word used in exclamations of confusion
ejaculation, interjection
an abrupt emphatic exclamation expressing emotion
an exclamation of protest or remonstrance or reproof
loud convulsive laughter
a loud laugh suggestive of a hen's cackle
chortle, chuckle
a soft partly suppressed laugh
a foolish or nervous laugh
belly laugh, guffaw
a burst of deep loud hearty laughter
ha-ha, haw-haw, hee-haw, horselaugh
a loud laugh that sounds like a horse neighing
snicker, snigger, snort
a disrespectful laugh
a nervous restrained laugh
assibilation, sibilation
pronunciation with a sibilant (hissing or whistling) sound
susurration, voicelessness, whisper, whispering
speaking softly without vibration of the vocal cords
incorrect pronunciation
the same pronunciation for words of different origins
accent, speech pattern
distinctive manner of oral expression
the aspect of pronunciation that involves bringing articulatory organs together so as to shape the sounds of speech
(formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow
Type of:
auditory communication
communication that relies on hearing

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