Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Completely; absolutely; entirely.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. completely, entirely, to the fullest extent

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In an utter manner; to the full extent; fully; totally.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an utter manner; to the full extent; fully; perfectly; totally; altogether.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers

Etymologies

utter +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Instead of being hurt, denying, defending himself, begging forgiveness, instead of remaining indifferent even—anything would have been better than what he did do—his face utterly involuntarily (reflex spinal action, reflected Stepan Arkadyevitch, who was fond of physiology) —utterly involuntarily assumed its habitual, good-humoured, and therefore idiotic smile.

    Chapter I. Part I

  • Essenes being utterly ignored in the New Testament (a fact so easily explained by _my_ theory, a fact so _utterly_ unaccountable to _his_) he conceived an affection for them.

    The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 2

  • Then she propped herself up on her elbows, meeting his gaze, her expression utterly inscrutable.

    Dreams of a Dark Warrior

  • I cannot repeat his words, but he stated his object at once, and said that as this was a good opportunity to speak to me alone, he wished to ask me to remove what he called the utterly useless embargo which I had placed upon him in regard to Margery.

    The Associate Hermits

  • Mr. Fessenden stated that on a certain day he was advised very strongly by a leading financial man that he must at all events oppose the legal-tender clause, which he described as utterly destructive.

    Twenty Years of Congress, Vol. 1 (of 2) From Lincoln to Garfield, with a Review of the Events Which Led to the Political Revolution of 1860

  • Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary William Hague recalled Britain's ambassador in Damascus, Simon Collis, to London for "consultations" on what he termed an "utterly unacceptable situation which demands a united international response".

    WalesOnline - Home

  • Well for a good five weeks ITV can boost its audience share by editing together programmes that contain utterly shoddy performers.

    X Factor Betting Odds: Rebecca Loos To Judge?

  • And wrath, and ferocity, and intent to destroy, passed out utterly from the tiger's inflamed brain, until he knew fear, again and again, always fear and only fear, utter and abject fear, of this human mite who searched him with such pain.

    CHAPTER XXXIII

  • You believe that the word of a MAN - for, and let's not forget this, Muhammad was a human being (and if I have read the Quran correctly, ALL men are imperfect), translating the word of God, should remain utterly valid, unchanged and unchanging for 1400 years.

    Sky News, Choudhary and Sharia Law

  • You are perishing, and you are doomed to perish utterly from the face of society.

    Chapter 8: The Machine Breakers

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  • Do you give yourself to me utterly,
    Body and no-body, flesh and no-flesh
    Not as a fugitive, blindly or bitterly,
    But as a child might, with no other wish?
    Yes, utterly.

    - Kenneth Slessor, 'Sleep'.

    August 8, 2009