Middle English, alteration of uttermest. More at utmost for the etymology of the latter element.



uttermost (not comparable)

  1. Outermost.
    Synonym: (obsolete, rare) extimate
    Antonym: innermost
  2. Extreme; utmost; of the farthest, greatest, or highest degree.


uttermost (usually uncountable, plural uttermosts)

  1. The utmost; the highest or greatest degree; the farthest extent.
    • c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene i]:
      Thou know'st that all my fortunes are at sea;
      Neither have I money, nor commodity
      To raise a present sum: therefore, go forth;
      Try what my credit can in Venice do:
      That shall be rack'd, even to the uttermost,
      To furnish thee to Belmont, to fair Portia.
      Go, presently inquire, and so will I,
      Where money is; and I no question make,
      To have it of my trust or for my sake.
    • 1885–1888, Richard F[rancis] Burton, transl. and editor, “. [Night 563.]”, in A Plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights’ Entertainments, now Entituled The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night [], volume (please specify the volume), Shammar edition, [London]: [] Burton Club [], OCLC 939632161:
      [] So we cried to him, "O Rais, what is the matter?"; and he replied saying, "Seek ye deliverance of the Most High from the strait into which we have fallen and bemoan yourselves and take leave of one another; for know that the wind hath gotten the mastery of us and hath driven us into the uttermost of the seas of the world."
    • 1943, John Temple Graves, The Fighting South (page 274):
      The free way will call for uttermosts in civilization, self-discipline and human excellence.