- 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
Related formsnut·like, adjective
Definition for nut (2 of 3)
noun Egyptian Religion.
Definition for nut (3 of 3)
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
British Dictionary definitions for nut (1 of 2)
- 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
Derived Formsnutlike, adjective
Word Origin for nut
British Dictionary definitions for nut (2 of 2)
abbreviation for (in Britain)
Science definitions for nut
Idioms and Phrases with nut
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