Origin of nutting
- 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
Examples from the Web for nutting
Contemporary Examples of nutting
Wrongs are committed, and flagrantly, but Nutting commits to her premise without wavering and demands the reader do so, too.The Modern ‘Lolita’: Dramatizing the Mind of a Female Pedophile in Alissa Nutting’s ‘Tampa’
June 28, 2013
Now, as Nutting notes it is of course true that Obama added his own spending (the stimulus, mostly).The Drunken Sailors Are All Republicans
May 23, 2012
Historical Examples of nutting
Pale are the joys of nutting beside those of haymaking, but at least they are something.The Children
On the other hand, Ree was bright and chipper as a squirrel in the nutting season.Far Past the Frontier
James A. Braden
He had made good his promise as to nutting and squirrel-hunting.Janet's Love and Service
Margaret M Robertson
In nutting, the squirrel is not more nimble and industrious than the boy.Being a Boy
Charles Dudley Warner
It would be no boy's play to “go a nutting” in a wood of juvia-trees.Popular Adventure Tales
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
"action of gathering nuts," 1723, from 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.
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