- nutritive equilibrium,
- nuts about, be,
- nuts and bolts,
- nuts and bolts, the,
- to be extremely or excessively enthusiastic about; be fervent in one's admiration of: Both of them are nuts about chamber music.
- to be deeply in love with: He's nuts about his new girlfriend.
Origin of nuts
- 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.
Origin of nut
noun Egyptian Religion.
Examples from the Web for nuts
Some warned me, with widened eyes and fingers twirling in the air, that Manning is "kind of crazy," or "nuts."
“They thought I was nuts,” he said from his United Nations-protected room in Gaza City when we first talked.A Gay Jewish Zionist American Doctor in Gaza and What He Saw|Itay Hod|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Because all quacks operate using the exact same methods, which are enumerated with extreme detail in NUTS!
How he does it, and what happens when it all comes crashing down, is the story of NUTS!
While sharing a bowl of nuts, we discussed his films past and present.Rob Reiner on the State of Romcoms, ‘The Princess Bride’s’ Alternate Ending, and the Red Viper|Marlow Stern|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Monkeys at the sight of the nuts forgot their dancing and became (as indeed they were) Monkeys instead of actors.Aesop's Fables|Aesop
Strutt believed that nuts of the roundest sort were the original “marbles.”
Robinson put a couple of nuts in his hunting bag, and also the shells from the broken nuts.An American Robinson Crusoe|Samuel. B. Allison
It may be nuts to him and Mr. Arrowsmith to know that they have succeeded in driving my name out of the "N. & Q."
Nuts and water form a complete dietary, although I do not suggest that any reader should try it.Food Remedies|Florence Daniel
abbreviation for (in Britain)
- 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
"crazy," 1846, from earlier be nutts upon "be very fond of" (1785), which is possibly from nuts (plural noun) "any source of pleasure" (1610s), from nut (q.v.). Sense influenced probably by metaphoric application of nut to "head" (1846, e.g. to be off one's nut "be insane," 1860). Nuts as a derisive retort is attested from 1931.
Connection with the slang "testicle" sense has tended to nudge it toward taboo. "On the N.B.C. network, it is forbidden to call any character a nut; you have to call him a screwball." ["New Yorker," Dec. 23, 1950] "Please eliminate the expression 'nuts to you' from Egbert's speech." [Request from the Hays Office regarding the script of "The Bank Dick," 1940] This desire for avoidance accounts for the euphemism nerts (c.1925).
"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