nut

[ nuht ]
/ nʌt /
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noun

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

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

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 forms

nut·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for off one's nut (1 of 2)

NUT

abbreviation for (in Britain)

National Union of Teachers

British Dictionary definitions for off one's nut (2 of 2)

nut

/ (nʌt) /

noun


verb nuts, nutting or nutted

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

Derived Forms

nutlike, adjective

Word Origin for nut

Old English hnutu; related to Old Norse hnot, Old High German hnuz (German Nuss)
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Science definitions for off one's 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 off one's 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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