- The definition of neuter is neutral, asexual or of a third gender.
An example of a neuter person is someone not interested in any sexual relationship.
- Neuter is defined as a castrated animal or a plant or animal that is sexually undeveloped.
An example of a neuter is a spayed cat.
- Neuter means to make an animal neutral or incapable of reproduction.
An example of neuter is to spay a dog.
- Archaic taking neither side; neutral
- having no sexual organ; asexual
- having undeveloped or imperfect sexual organs in the adult, as the worker bee
- designating, of, or belonging to a third gender, existing in many highly inflected languages, consisting of words that have neither masculine nor feminine grammatical gender
- neither active nor passive; intransitive: said of verbs
Origin of neuterMiddle English neutre from Middle French or L: Middle French neutre from Classical Latin neuter, neither from ne-, not (see no) + uter, either
- a castrated or spayed animal
- Archaic a neutral person or group
- Biol. a plant or animal lacking, or having undeveloped, sexual organs
- the neuter gender
- a word or form in this gender
- an intransitive verb
- Grammar a. Neither masculine nor feminine in gender.b. Neither active nor passive; intransitive. Used of verbs.
- Biology a. Having undeveloped or nonfunctional sexual organs: the neuter caste in social insects.b. Having pistils and stamens that are nonfunctional or absent.
- Castrated or spayed. Used of animals.
- Androgynous or asexual.
- Archaic Taking no side in a dispute; neutral.
- Grammar a. The neuter gender.b. A neuter word.c. A neuter noun.
- An androgynous or asexual person.
- A castrated animal.
- An insect that has undeveloped or nonfunctional sexual organs, such as a worker bee.
- Archaic One that is neutral in a dispute.
transitive verbneu·tered, neu·ter·ing, neu·ters
- To castrate or spay.
- To render ineffective or powerless: a scandal that neutered the politician.
Origin of neuterMiddle English neutre from Old French from Latin neuter neither, neuter ne- not ; see ne in Indo-European roots. uter either ; see kwo- in Indo-European roots.
- (archaic) Neither the one thing nor the other; on neither side; impartial; neutral.
- (grammar) Having a form belonging more especially to words which are not appellations of males or females; expressing or designating that which is of neither sex.
- a neuter noun; the neuter definite article; a neuter termination; the neuter gender
- (grammar) Intransitive
- a neuter verb
- (biology) Having no generative organs, or imperfectly developed ones; sexless.
- (grammar) The neuter gender.
- (grammar) A noun of the neuter gender; any one of those words which have the terminations usually found in neuter words.
- (biology) An organism, either vegetable or animal, which at its maturity has no generative organs, or but imperfectly developed ones, as a plant without stamens or pistils, as the garden Hydrangea; especially, one of the imperfectly developed females of certain social insects, as of the ant and the common honeybee, which perform the labors of the community, and are called workers.
- A person who takes no part in a contest; someone remaining neutral.
- (grammar) An intransitive verb or state-of-being verb.
(third-person singular simple present neuters, present participle neutering, simple past and past participle neutered)