1. Outer. “Thine utter eyen.” --Chaucer. [Obs.] “By him a shirt and utter mantle laid.”
As doth an hidden moth
The inner garment fret, not th' utter touch. --Spenser.
2. Situated on the outside, or extreme limit; remote from the center; outer. [Obs.]
Through utter and through middle darkness borne. --Milton.
The very utter part of Saint Adelmes point is five miles from Sandwich. --Holinshed.
3. Complete; perfect; total; entire; absolute; as, utter ruin; utter darkness.
They . . . are utter strangers to all those anxious thoughts which disquiet mankind. --Atterbury.
4. Peremptory; unconditional; unqualified; final; as, an utter refusal or denial.
Utter bar Law, the whole body of junior barristers. See Outer bar, under 1st Outer. [Eng.]
Utter barrister Law, one recently admitted as barrister, who is accustomed to plead without, or outside, the bar, as distinguished from the benchers, who are sometimes permitted to plead within the bar. [Eng.]
Ut·ter, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Uttered p. pr. & vb. n. Uttering.]
1. To put forth or out; to reach out. [Obs.]
How bragly [proudly] it begins to bud,
And utter his tender head. --Spenser.
2. To dispose of in trade; to sell or vend. [Obs.]
Such mortal drugs I have, but Mantua's law
Is death to any he that utters them. --Shak.
They bring it home, and utter it commonly by the name of Newfoundland fish. --Abp. Abbot.
3. hence, to put in circulation, as money; to put off, as currency; to cause to pass in trade; -- often used, specifically, of the issue of counterfeit notes or coins, forged or fraudulent documents, and the like; as, to utter coin or bank notes.
The whole kingdom should continue in a firm resolution never to receive or utter this fatal coin. --Swift.
4. To give public expression to; to disclose; to publish; to speak; to pronounce. “Sweet as from blest, uttering joy.”
The words I utter
Let none think flattery, for they 'll find 'em truth. --Shak.
And the last words he uttered called me cruel. --Addison.
Syn: -- To deliver; give forth; issue; liberate; discharge; pronounce. See Deliver.
adj 1: without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative)
intensifiers; "an arrant fool"; "a complete coward";
"a consummate fool"; "a double-dyed villain"; "gross
negligence"; "a perfect idiot"; "pure folly"; "what a
sodding mess"; "stark staring mad"; "a thoroughgoing
villain"; "utter nonsense" [syn: arrant(a), complete(a),
consummate(a), double-dyed(a), everlasting(a),
gross(a), perfect(a), pure(a), sodding(a), stark(a),
staring(a), thoroughgoing(a), utter(a)]
2: total; "dead silence"; "utter seriousness" [syn: dead(a),
v 1: articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise;
"She expressed her anger"; "He uttered a curse" [syn: express,
verbalize, verbalise, give tongue to]
2: express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words); "She
let out a big heavy sigh"; "He uttered strange sounds that
nobody could understand" [syn: emit, let out, let
3: express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This
depressed patient does not verbalize" [syn: talk, speak,
mouth, verbalize, verbalise]
4: put into circulation; "utter counterfeit currency"