- noting or pertaining to a gender that refers to things classed as neither masculine nor feminine.
- (of a verb) intransitive.
- the neuter gender.
- a noun of that gender.
- another element marking that gender.
- an intransitive verb.
verb (used with object)
- neutra, richard joseph,
- neutral axis
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.
It seeks to neuter the criticism of any lurking Paltrow naysayers wishing to transfer their negativity to Lively.
Take that away, or neuter the violence too much, and enrollment drops.Steve James and Christopher Nowinski Talk the New Doc ‘Head Games’|Kevin Fallon|September 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Pro: “My God, it is intolerable to think of spending ones whole life, like a neuter bee, working, working & nothing after all.”
It's just an attempt to neuter any Tea Party support for conservative candidates who happen to have an R by their names.
Other animals are not distinguished as to sex, but are spoken of as neuter, the sex being of no consequence.An English Grammar|W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
His pronoun hit antedates English itself, being the Anglo-Saxon neuter of he.Our Southern Highlanders|Horace Kephart
But the Attic writers often use it as a neuter word; and the genitive case, as they use it, is .
The editor rose in her mind from the state of neuter to something of a man.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete|George Meredith
Was it a sort of neuter gender, a sexless being that was there in course of development?Impressions of a War Correspondent|George Lynch
- 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
Word Origin 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.