- the pod or the enclosed edible seed of the plant, Arachis hypogaea, of the legume family: the pod is forced underground in growing, where it ripens.
- the plant itself.
- any small or insignificant person or thing.
- Informal.a very small amount of money: working for peanuts.
- small pieces of Styrofoam used as a packing material.
- of or relating to the peanut or peanuts.
- made with or from peanuts.
- Informal. small, insignificant, or petty.
Origin of peanut
Examples from the Web for peanuts
But as Garfield on television gained in popularity, the Peanuts connection became a source of friction.Garfield Television: The Cat Who Saved Primetime Cartoons
November 5, 2014
Thanks in part to his efforts, peanuts became a vital crop, and a thriving industry.Growth Stocks
The Daily Beast
October 17, 2014
Charles Schulz has this really dark streak that comes out in Peanuts… Lynn Johnston talks about dealing with depression.Aaron McGruder’s ‘The Boondocks’ Returns Without Aaron McGruder
April 21, 2014
The requirement for you to submit to confinement is reinforced by accepting the first bag of peanuts.The New Fear of Flying After MH370
March 31, 2014
They queued at roadside snack stands for rations of peanuts, a holiday tradition.North Korea Lavishly Celebrates Kim Il Sung's Birthday
April 16, 2013
He used to give her peanuts when he was in short jackets, and she used to halve her candies with him.The Incomplete Amorist
How many bushels of potatoes, corn, beans, peas and peanuts have we raised this year?The Negro Farmer
We got Christmas Holidays an' a stockin' full of candy an' peanuts.
Here's a chance,' I says, 'to establish a new world's record for peanuts.'From Place to Place
Irvin S. Cobb
Steve devoured the last of his apple and started on the peanuts.Left End Edwards
Ralph Henry Barbour
- slang a trifling amount of money
- a leguminous plant, Arachis hypogaea, of tropical America: widely cultivated for its edible seeds. The seed pods are forced underground where they ripenSee also hog peanut
- Also called: goober, goober pea, (Brit) groundnut, (Brit) monkey nutthe edible nutlike seed of this plant, used for food and as a source of oil
Word Origin and History for peanuts
1807, earlier ground nut, ground pea (1769). The plant is native to S.America. Portuguese traders took peanuts from Brazil and Peru to Africa by 1502 and it is known to have been cultivated in Chekiang Province in China by 1573, probably arriving with Portuguese sailors who made stops in Brazil en route to the Orient. Peanut butter attested by 1892; peanut brittle is from 1894. Peanut gallery "topmost rows of a theater" is from 1874, American English; peanuts "trivial sum" is from 1934.