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[nuht-er] /ˈnʌt ər/
a person who gathers nuts.
British Slang. an insane person.
Origin of nutter
First recorded in 1475-85; nut + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The familiar was still invisible to Mistress nutter, but a slight sound made her aware of his presence.

    The Lancashire Witches William Harrison Ainsworth
  • nutter's little pew, under the gallery, was void like Sturk's.

    The House by the Church-Yard J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • "That is easily arranged if you want to stop here, lad," Captain nutter said.

    The Light Keepers James Otis
  • Of Sturk's tragedy and nutter's disappearance he had already heard.

    The House by the Church-Yard J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • "That Mistress nutter is a witch, and in league with witches," continued Nicholas.

    The Lancashire Witches William Harrison Ainsworth
  • By Jupiter, Sir, there wasn't one drop of cur's blood in poor nutter.

    The House by the Church-Yard J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Toole knew that a warrant would be issued next day against nutter.

    The House by the Church-Yard J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • And everybody who met any one else asked him—'Any news about nutter, eh?'

    The House by the Church-Yard J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Their nutter is quite the best vegetable cooking fat on the market, and makes excellent pastry.

    Food Remedies Florence Daniel
British Dictionary definitions for nutter


(Brit, slang) a mad or eccentric person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for nutter

"one who gathers nuts," late 15c., from nut + -er (1). Meaning "crazy person" is British slang, 1958, from nut + -er (3). Nuttery "mental hospital" is attested from 1931; earlier it meant "place for storing nuts" (1881).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for nutter



A crazy person; nut, nutball: the Zodiac killer or some nutter on the loose/ Mick Jagger says there will always be the nutters

[1958+; a British coinage and still chiefly British; perhaps influenced by Nutter,trademark name of a butter made from nuts, found by 1906]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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