neuter

{{11}}neuter (adj.) late 14c., of grammatical gender, "neither masculine nor feminine," from L. neuter "of the neuter gender," lit. "neither one nor the other," from ne- "not, no" (see UN (Cf. un)-) + uter "either (of two)" (see WHETHER (Cf. whether)). Probably a loan-translation of Gk. oudeteros "neither, neuter." In 16c., it had the sense of "taking neither side, neutral."
{{12}}neuter (v.) 1903, from NEUTER (Cf. neuter) (adj.). Originally in reference to pet cats. Related: Neutered; neutering.

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  • Neuter — Neu ter, a. [L., fr. ne not + uter whether; akin to E. whether. See {No}, and {Whether}, and cf. {Neither}.] 1. Neither the one thing nor the other; on neither side; impartial; neutral. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] In all our undertakings God will be …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Neuter — Neu ter, n. 1. A person who takes no part in a contest; one who is either indifferent to a cause or forbears to interfere; a neutral. [1913 Webster] The world s no neuter; it will wound or save. Young. [1913 Webster] 2. (Gram.) (a) A noun of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Neuter — is a Latin adjective meaning neither , and can refer to: Neutering, the sterilization of an animal The neuter grammatical gender See also Trap Neuter Return (TNR), an alternative to euthanasia for managing feral cat and dog populations This… …   Wikipedia

  • neuter — [no͞ot′ər, nyo͞ot′ər] adj. [ME neutre < MFr or L: MFr neutre < L neuter, neither < ne , not (see NO1) + uter, either] 1. Archaic taking neither side; neutral 2. Biol. a) having no sexual organ; asexual b) having undeveloped o …   English World dictionary

  • neuter — ► ADJECTIVE 1) Grammar (of a noun) not masculine, feminine, or common. 2) (of an animal) lacking developed sexual organs, or having had them removed. 3) (of a plant or flower) having neither functional pistils nor stamens. ► NOUN Grammar ▪ a… …   English terms dictionary

  • neuter — eu ter, v. t. To render incapable of sexual reproduction; to remove or alter the sexual organs so as to make infertile; to alter; to fix; to desex; in male animals, to {castrate}; in female animals, to {spay}. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • neuter — [v] remove sex organs alter, castrate, change, desexualize, doctor, dress, fix, geld, make barren, make impotent, make infertile, make sexless, mutilate, spay, sterilize, unsex; concepts 157,250 …   New thesaurus

  • neuter — 1. adjective /ˈnjuːtə,ˈnuːtɚ,ˈnjuːtɚ/ a) Neither the one thing nor the other; on neither side; impartial; neutral. In all our undertakings God will be either our friend or our enemy; for Providence never stands neuter. b) Having a form belonging… …   Wiktionary

  • neuter — I. adjective Etymology: 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 Date: 14th century 1. a. of, relating to, or constituting… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • neuter — I UK [ˈnjuːtə(r)] / US [ˈnutər] verb [transitive] Word forms neuter : present tense I/you/we/they neuter he/she/it neuters present participle neutering past tense neutered past participle neutered 1) to perform an operation on an animal s sexual… …   English dictionary

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