- a person who is very enthusiastic about something; buff; enthusiast; devotee: He's a real circus nut.
- an extremely concerned or zealous person: My boss is a nut on double-checking everything.
- a foolish, silly, or eccentric person.
- an insane person; psychotic.
- the operating expenses, usually figured weekly, of a theatrical production or other commercial enterprise; a break-even point.
- the total cost of producing a theatrical production or of forming and opening any new business venture.
- the ledge, as of ebony, at the upper end of the fingerboard, over which the strings pass.
- the movable piece at the lower end of the bow, by means of which the hairs may be slackened or tightened.
verb (used without object), nut·ted, nut·ting.
- a problem difficult to solve; a formidable undertaking.
- a person difficult to know, understand, or convince.
- Sometimes Offensive.foolish, silly, or insane.
- confused; unreasonable.
- mistaken or wrong: You're off your nut if you think such a plan can succeed.
Origin of nut
noun Egyptian Religion.
Examples from the Web for nut
During the first 32 minutes of Left Behind, the message is this: Christians are nut jobs.‘Left Behind’ Review: Nicolas Cage’s Bible Movie Is God-Awful|Matthew Paul Turner|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bob McDonnell went from GOP family-values godsend to blaming everything on his ‘nut bag’ wife.The Religious Right's 'Nice Guy' Who Threw His Wife Under the Bus|Patricia Murphy|September 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Look for:According to Begun, options made mostly from gluten-free whole grains and nut flour reign supreme.
“She's a nut, and her girlfriend is the devil,” Cogswell notes of her chief tormentor.Tick-Tock: The Explosive Power of the Lesbian Avengers|Tim Teeman|March 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His family members came to nickname him “The Nut” as a child because, they say, he was “selectively crazy.”‘No No,’ a Documentary on MLB Pitcher Dock Ellis, Who Pitched a No-Hitter While Tripping on Acid|Marlow Stern|February 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By far the most abundant and interesting of these is the Pinus Fremontiana, 18 or nut pine.Steep Trails|John Muir
He sang on the stairs now and again as he had done when he first came to Nut Street.Fairfax and His Pride|Marie Van Vorst
The wear of the measuring screw and nut is taken up by screwing the bushing A into the frame with the wrench shown in Fig. 37.Measuring Tools|Unknown
Not a nut, not an apple, not even a package of chewing gum could he produce.Miss Santa Claus of the Pullman|Annie Fellows Johnston
A nut contest brings hundreds and thousands of walnuts and hickories but only very few beechnuts.Northern Nut Growers Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-First Annual Meeting|Northern Nut Growers Association
- an eccentric person
- a person who is mentally disturbed
- the ledge or ridge at the upper end of the fingerboard of a violin, cello, etc, over which the strings pass to the tuning pegs
- the end of a violin bow that is held by the player
verb nuts, nutting or nutted
Word Origin for nut
abbreviation for (in Britain)
"hard seed," Old English hnutu, from Proto-Germanic *khnut- (cf. Old Norse hnot, Dutch noot, Old High German hnuz, German nuß "nut"), from PIE *kneu- "nut" (cf. Latin nux; see nucleus). Sense of "testicle" is attested from 1915. Nut-brown is from c.1300 of animals; c.1500 of complexions of women.
Meaning "crazy person, crank" is attested from 1903, (British form nutter first attested 1958; nut-case is from 1959); see nuts. American English slang sense of "amount of money required for something" is first recorded 1912. The nut that goes onto a bolt is first recorded 1610s (used of other small mechanical pieces since early 15c.). Nuts and bolts "fundamentals" is from 1960.
In addition to the idioms beginning with nuts
- nuts about, be
- nuts and bolts, the
- drive someone crazy (nuts)
- from soup to nuts
- hard nut to crack