neuter


1neu·ter

adjective \ˈnü-tər, ˈnyü-\

grammar in some languages : of or belonging to the class of words (called a gender) that ordinarily includes most of the words referring to things that are neither masculine nor feminine

Full Definition of NEUTER

1
a :  of, relating to, or constituting the gender that ordinarily includes most words or grammatical forms referring to things classed as neither masculine nor feminine
b :  neither active nor passive :  intransitive
2
:  taking no side :  neutral
3
:  lacking or having imperfectly developed or nonfunctional generative organs

Examples of NEUTER

  1. The pronoun it is neuter.

Origin of NEUTER

Middle English neutre, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French neutre, from Latin neuter, literally, neither, from ne- not + uter which of two — more at no, whether
First Known Use: 14th century

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annual, burgeon, chloroplast, nomenclature, succulent, sylvan, xylem

2neuter

noun

Definition of NEUTER

1
a :  a noun, pronoun, adjective, or inflectional form or class of the neuter gender
b :  the neuter gender
2
:  one that is neutral
3
a :  worker 2
b :  a spayed or castrated animal

First Known Use of NEUTER

15th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

Rhymes with NEUTER

3neuter

transitive verb

: to remove the sex organs from (an animal)

: to make (something) much less powerful or effective

Full Definition of NEUTER

1
2
:  to remove the force or effectiveness of

Examples of NEUTER

  1. She had her dog neutered by the veterinarian.
  2. The bill was neutered by the changes made by the legislature.

First Known Use of NEUTER

1903

Related to NEUTER

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

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