nut

[ nuht ]
/ nʌt /

noun

verb (used without object), nut·ted, nut·ting.

to seek for or gather nuts: to go nutting in late autumn.

Nearby words

  1. nurturance,
  2. nurture,
  3. nus,
  4. nusa tenggara,
  5. nusku,
  6. nut case,
  7. nut dash,
  8. nut grass,
  9. nut house,
  10. nut key

Idioms

Origin of nut

before 900; 1900–05 for def 8b; Middle English nute, Old English hnutu; cognate with Dutch noot, German Nuss, Old Norse hnot; akin to Latin nux

Related formsnut·like, adjective

Nut

[ noot ]
/ nut /

noun Egyptian Religion.

the goddess of the sky, sometimes shown as a cow bearing Ra on her back and the stars on her underside.

N.U.T.

British.

National Union of Teachers.
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British Dictionary definitions for nut

nut

/ (nʌt) /

noun

verb nuts, nutting or nutted

(intr) to gather nuts
(tr) slang to butt (someone) with the head
See also nuts

Derived Formsnutlike, adjective

Word Origin for nut

Old English hnutu; related to Old Norse hnot, Old High German hnuz (German Nuss)

NUT

abbreviation for (in Britain)

National Union of Teachers
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Word Origin and History for nut

nut

n.

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for nut

nut

[ nŭt ]

A dry, indehiscent simple fruit consisting of one seed surrounded by a hard and thick pericarp (fruit wall). The seed does not adhere to the pericarp but is connected to it by the funiculus. A nut is similar to an achene but larger. Acorns, beechnuts, chestnuts, and hazelnuts are true nuts. Informally, other edible seeds or dry fruits enclosed in a hard or leathery shell are also called nuts, though they are not true nuts. For instance, an almond kernel is actually the seed of a drupe. Its familiar whitish shell is an endocarp found within the greenish fruit of the almond tree. Peanuts are actually individual seeds from a seed pod called a legume.
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Idioms and Phrases with nut

nut

In addition to the idioms beginning with nuts

  • nuts about, be
  • nuts and bolts, the

also see:

  • drive someone crazy (nuts)
  • from soup to nuts
  • hard nut to crack
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