- noting or pertaining to a gender that refers to things classed as neither masculine nor feminine.
- (of a verb) intransitive.
- Biology. having no organs of reproduction; without sex; asexual.
- Zoology. having imperfectly developed sexual organs, as the worker bees and ants.
- Botany. having neither stamens nor pistils; asexual.
- neutral; siding with no one.
- the neuter gender.
- a noun of that gender.
- another element marking that gender.
- an intransitive verb.
- an animal made sterile by castration or spaying.
- Zoology. a neuter insect.
- a person or thing that is neutral.
- Veterinary Science. to spay or castrate (a dog, cat, etc.).
Origin of neuter
Examples from the Web for neuter
She says the Humane Society would like to enforce spay and neuter laws to the point where there would be no purebred dogs left.The Sleazy War on the Humane Society
Center for Public Integrity
August 18, 2014
It seeks to neuter the criticism of any lurking Paltrow naysayers wishing to transfer their negativity to Lively.Blake Lively Gets Her GOOP On
July 23, 2014
Take that away, or neuter the violence too much, and enrollment drops.Steve James and Christopher Nowinski Talk the New Doc ‘Head Games’
September 22, 2012
Pro: “My God, it is intolerable to think of spending ones whole life, like a neuter bee, working, working & nothing after all.”Do We Need a Guide to Marriage?
January 8, 2011
It's just an attempt to neuter any Tea Party support for conservative candidates who happen to have an R by their names.Ticking Off the Tea Party Crowd
March 4, 2010
It is not sexless, but bi-sexual; not neuter but masculine-feminine.Sex=The Unknown Quantity
Here do refers to the state, and is essentially passive or neuter.
The neuter verbs to taste and to smell are often followed by of.
For in this case it is lawfull for no man to be a / neuter / as they call it.
At this point they cease altogether, and the central point is neuter.
- denoting or belonging to a gender of nouns which for the most part have inanimate referents or do not specify the sex of their referents
- (as noun)German ``Mädchen'' ( meaning ``girl'' ) is a neuter
- (of animals and plants) having nonfunctional, underdeveloped, or absent reproductive organs
- sexless or giving no indication of sexa neuter sort of name
- a sexually underdeveloped female insect, such as a worker bee
- a castrated animal, esp a domestic animal
- a flower in which the stamens and pistil are absent or nonfunctional
- (tr) to castrate or spay (an animal)
Word Origin and History for neuter
late 14c., of grammatical gender, "neither masculine nor feminine," from Latin neuter "of the neuter gender," literally "neither one nor the other," from ne- "not, no" (see un-) + uter "either (of two)" (see whether). Probably a loan-translation of Greek oudeteros "neither, neuter." In 16c., it had the sense of "taking neither side, neutral."
1903, from neuter (adj.). Originally in reference to pet cats. Related: Neutered; neutering.
- Having undeveloped or imperfectly developed sexual organs.
- Sexually undeveloped.
- A castrated animal.
- To castrate or spay.