AskDefine | Define neuter

Dictionary Definition

neuter adj
1 of grammatical gender; "`it' is the third-person singular neuter pronoun" [ant: masculine, feminine]
2 having no or imperfectly developed or nonfunctional sex organs [syn: sexless] n : a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to inanimate objects (neither masculine nor feminine) v : remove the ovaries of; "Is your cat spayed?" [syn: alter, spay, castrate]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

, from ne + uter; akin to English whether. See no and whether, and compare neither.

Pronunciation

  • a RP /ˈnjuːtə/
  • a US /ˈnuːtɚ/ or /ˈnjuːtɚ/
  • Rhymes with: -uːtə(r)

Adjective

  1. Neither the one thing nor the other; on neither side; impartial; neutral.
    • South — In all our undertakings God will be either our friend or our enemy; for Providence never stands neuter
  2. 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
  3. Intransitive
    a neuter verb
  4. Having no generative organs, or imperfectly developed ones; sexless.

Translations

Neither the one thing nor the other
Having a form belonging more especially to words which are not appellations of males or females
Intransitive
  • trreq Danish
  • trreq Dutch
  • trreq French
  • German: intransitiv
  • Greek: αμετάβατος
  • Japanese: 自動詞の
  • Korean: 자동사의 (jadongsa-ui)
  • trreq Marathi
  • Spanish: neutro
Having no generative organs, or imperfectly developed ones

Noun

  1. A person who takes no part in a contest; one who is either indifferent to a cause or forbears to interfere; a neutral.
    • Young — The world’s no neuter; it will wound or save
  2. A noun of the neuter gender; any one of those words which have the terminations usually found in neuter words.
  3. An intransitive verb.
  4. 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.

Translations

Verb

  1. To remove sex organs from an animal to prevent it from having offspring; to castrate or spay, particularly as applied to domestic animals.

Synonyms

Translations

to remove sex organs from an animal

Extensive Definition

The word neuter can refer to:
It comes from Latin where it means neither of the two, where ne : means none, and uter means either (of the two).
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