Definition of "neuter" []

  • Grammar Neither masculine nor feminine in gender. (adjective)
  • Grammar Neither active nor passive; intransitive. Used of verbs. (adjective)
  • Biology Having undeveloped or imperfectly developed sexual organs: the neuter caste in social insects. (adjective)
  • Botany Having no pistils or stamens; asexual. (adjective)
  • Zoology Sexually undeveloped. (adjective)
  • 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 (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as noun) (adjective)
  • (of animals and plants) having nonfunctional, underdeveloped, or absent reproductive organs (adjective)
  • Sexless or giving no indication of sex (adjective)
  • A sexually underdeveloped female insect, such as a worker bee (noun)
  • A castrated animal, esp a domestic animal (noun)
  • A flower in which the stamens and pistil are absent or nonfunctional (noun)
  • To castrate or spay (an animal) (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "neuter" in a sentence
  • "When the perfect participle of an _intransitive_ verb is joined to the neuter verb _to be_, the combination is not a passive verb, but a _neuter_ verb in a _passive form_; as, "He _is gone_;"
  • "If I remain neuter, and give no answer should the subject of the notes be broachd by Mr Hood; that silence will give consent."
  • "From the word neuter, which means neither, hence the term may be defined as one which is not a part of either, or does not take up with either side."