From (etyl) ; compare (outer).
- By him a shirt and utter mantle laid.
- As doth an hidden moth / The inner garment fret, not th' utter touch.
* 1526 , (William Tyndale), trans. Bible , Matthew XXIII:
- Through utter and through middle darkness borne.
* 1596 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , IV.10:
- Wo be to you scrybes and pharises ypocrites, for ye make clene the utter side off the cuppe, and off the platter: but within they are full of brybery and excesse.
Absolute, unconditional, total, complete.
- So forth without impediment I past, / Till to the Bridges utter gate I came .
- utter''' ruin; '''utter darkness
- They are utter strangers to all those anxious thoughts which disquiet mankind.
, author=Edgar Rice Burroughs
, title=Thuvia, Maiden of Mars
, publisher=The Gutenberg Project
, passage=His eyes could not penetrate the darkness even to the distinguishing of his hand before his face, while the banths, he knew, could see quite well, though absence of light were utter
* see also
Partly from (out) (adverb/verb), partly from (etyl) uteren.
To use the voice
- Don't you utter another word!
- Sally uttered a sigh of relief.
To make speech sounds which may or may not have an actual language involved
- The dog uttered a growling bark.
To make (a noise)
- Sally is uttering some fairly strange things in her illness.
(legal) To put counterfeit money, etc. , into circulation
- Sally's car uttered a hideous shriek when she applied the brakes.
(label) Further out; further away, outside.
*, Bk.VII, Ch.v:
*:So whan he com nyghe to hir, she bade hym ryde uttir —‘for thou smellyst all of the kychyn.’
A repressed or obscure utterance; an instance of muttering.
(in Indian restaurants) peas
- The prisoners were docile, and accepted their lot with barely a mutter .
* mutter paneer
To utter words, especially complaints or angry expressions, indistinctly or with a low voice and lips partly closed; to say under one's breath.
- You could hear the students mutter as they were served sodden spaghetti, yet again, in the cafeteria.
- The beggar muttered words of thanks, as passersby dropped coins in his cup.
, date=June 28
, author=Jamie Jackson
, title=Wimbledon 2012: Lukas Rosol shocked by miracle win over Rafael Nadal
, work=the Guardian
, passage=This set – the set of Rosol's life – was studded with aces and menacing ground-strokes that left Nadal an impotent spectator often muttering
to himself and at the umpire regarding a perceived misdemeanour by his opponent.}}
To speak softly and incoherently, or with imperfect articulations.
- The asylum inmate muttered some doggerel about chains and pains to himself, over and over.
To make a sound with a low, rumbling noise.
- Meantime your filthy foreigner will stare, / And mutter to himself.
* Alexander Pope
- April could hear the delivery van's engine muttering in the driveway.
- Thick lightnings flash, the muttering thunder rolls.
, speak under one's breath
) growl, grumble, mumble
* (speak incoherently
) babble, mumble, murmur, ramble, stutter
* (make a low sound
) growl, putter, rumble
* See also