I was talking to a friend about voluntarily neutering street dogs in Greece,’that’s a great word’ I thought, ‘I’ll have that on my blog in the weekly word slot’; and so here it is for you to dissect and play around with to your heart’s content. I spent a little time turning the word over in my head before finally coming up with an alternative meaning, eventually I decided on ‘the mound of sand that appears at the edge of the beach after high tide‘.
What’s your alternative meaning?
Neuter is pronounced Nyoo-ter and it’s an adjective. It means something that has no gender or reproductive organs, an animal made sterile by castration, or to have under-developed sexual organs; or to have no allegiance to a side.
Examples of the word Neuter
- The vet recommended that I neuter the stray cat to prevent further wild kittens being born in my shed
- The electorate have the power to neuter the Government, the problem is they choose not to use it constructively
- By reducing household expenses you effectively neuter the personal impact of the recession
Origin of the Word Neuter
It was first known in the 14th C and originates in th Latin word neuter meaning neither (of two).