- a dry fruit consisting of an edible kernel or meat enclosed in a woody or leathery shell.
- the kernel itself.
- Botany. a hard, indehiscent, one-seeded fruit, as the chestnut or the acorn.
- any of various devices or ornaments resembling a nut.
- a block, usually of metal and generally square or hexagonal, perforated with a threaded hole so that it can be screwed down on a bolt to hold together objects through which the bolt passes.
- Slang. the head.
- 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.
- Slang: Vulgar. a testis.
- 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.
- Music. (in instruments of the violin family)
- 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.
- Printing. en(def 2).
- to seek for or gather nuts: to go nutting in late autumn.
- from soup to nuts. soup(def 7).
- hard nut to crack,
- a problem difficult to solve; a formidable undertaking.
- a person difficult to know, understand, or convince.
- off one's nut, Slang.
- 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
- the goddess of the sky, sometimes shown as a cow bearing Ra on her back and the stars on her underside.
- National Union of Teachers.
Related Words for nutkernel, stone, achene, caryopsis, utricle, screwball, freak, lunatic, fanatic, eccentric, crackpot, bigot, maniac, loony, zealot, crank, fiend, bedlamite, dement
Examples from the Web for nut
Contemporary Examples of 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
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
September 5, 2014
Look for:According to Begun, options made mostly from gluten-free whole grains and nut flour reign supreme.How to Buy Gluten-Free Without Getting Duped
April 12, 2014
“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
March 22, 2014
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
February 5, 2014
Historical Examples of nut
It represents a sort of nut, itself too bulky for a railway truck.Weighed and Wanting
You miserable little beast—with cats everywhere, and not a nut for miles!K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
He'll be out for de goods; it's a gal owns him, an' dere'll be nut'in' doin'.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
"Smash him, Sam—smash in his nut for him," piped the smallest Micky cheerfully.The Harbor
You cracked the nut with me; it doesn't become you to sneer at it now!L'Assommoir
- a dry one-seeded indehiscent fruit that usually possesses a woody wall
- (not in technical use) any similar fruit, such as the walnut, having a hard shell and an edible kernel
- the edible kernel of such a fruit
- an eccentric person
- a person who is mentally disturbed
- a slang word for head (def. 1)
- do one's nut British slang to be extremely angry; go into a rage
- off one's nut slang mad, crazy, or foolish
- a person or thing that presents difficulties (esp in the phrase a tough or hard nut to crack)
- a small square or hexagonal block, usu. metal, with a threaded hole through the middle for screwing on the end of a bolt
- mountaineering a variously shaped small metal block, usually a wedge or hexagonal prism (originally an ordinary engineer's nut) with a wire or rope loop attached, for jamming into a crack to provide securityAlso called: chock
- Also called (US and Canadian): frog music
- 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
- printing another word for en
- a small usually gingery biscuit
- British a small piece of coal
- (intr) to gather nuts
- (tr) slang to butt (someone) with the head
Word Origin for nut
- National Union of Teachers
"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.
- 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.
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