[only before noun] used to emphasize how complete something is That's complete and utter nonsense! To my utter amazement she agreed. He felt an utter fool. More Like This Adjectives that only come before a noun all-round, antenatal, aspiring, chief, dedicated, eventual, express, high-flying, live, lone, mere, mitigating, rogue, sheer, standout, ulterior, utterSee worksheet. Word Originadjective Old English ūtera, ūttra ‘outer’, comparative of ūt ‘out’; compare with outer.Extra examples He felt like an utter fool. It was an act of utter selfishness. She could see the utter futility of trying to protest. That’s complete and utter nonsense!