- The definition of a nut is a small metal or wood block with a threaded hole in the middle.
An example of a nut is how you would keep a metal screw from popping out of its hole.
- Nut is a slang term for a crazy or eccentric person or a fan of someone or something.
- An example of a nut is a person who yells at the top of their lungs for no reason in public places.
- An example of a nut is a nut about antiques, one who loves antiques.
- The definition of a nut is a dry fruit with one seed or kernel.
An example of a nut is an almond.
These almonds are nuts.
- the dry, one-seeded fruit of any of various trees or shrubs, consisting of a kernel, often edible, in a hard and woody or tough and leathery shell, more or less separable from the seed itself, as the walnut, pecan, chestnut, acorn, etc.
- the kernel, or meat, of such a fruit
- loosely any hard-shell fruit that will keep more or less indefinitely, as a peanut, almond, etc.
- a small block, usually of metal, with a threaded hole through the center, for screwing onto a bolt, screw, etc.
- a ridge of ebony or other hard material at the top of the fingerboard of a stringed instrument, over which the strings pass
- the small knob at the end of a violin bow, for tightening or loosening the hairs
- Informal the initial cost of an undertaking, or the amount of money it is necessary to take in before a profit is realized on it
- the head
- the testicles: a vulgar usage
- a foolish, crazy, or eccentric person
- a devotee; fan
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Origin of nutMiddle English nutte ; from Old English hnutu, akin to German nuss ; from Indo-European an unverified form kneu-, lump, nut (; from base an unverified form ken-, to squeeze together) from source Classical Latin nux, Middle Irish cnū
hard nut to crackor tough nut to crack
off one's nut
- a. An indehiscent fruit having a single seed enclosed in a hard shell, such as an acorn or hazelnut.b. The usually edible seed of such a fruit.c. Any of various other usually edible seeds enclosed in a hard covering such as a seed coat or the stone of a drupe, as in a pine nut, peanut, almond, or walnut.
- Slang a. A crazy or eccentric person.b. An enthusiast; a buff: a movie nut.
- Informal A difficult endeavor or problem: Painting the closet was a tough nut to crack.
- Slang The human head.
- Music a. A ridge of wood at the top of the fingerboard or neck of a stringed instrument, over which the strings pass.b. A device at the lower end of the bow for a stringed instrument, used for tightening the hairs.
- A small block of metal or wood with a central, threaded hole that is designed to fit around and secure a bolt or screw.
- Slang a. The cost of launching a business venture.b. The operating expenses of a theater, theatrical production, or similar enterprise: “The [theater] has simply failed to attract enough paying customers per week to meet its nut” (Variety).
- Vulgar Slang A testicle.
intransitive verbnut·ted, nut·ting, nuts
- To gather or hunt for nuts.
- Vulgar Slang To ejaculate.
Origin of nutMiddle English nute, from Old English hnutu.
Clockwise from top: T-nut, hex cap nut, wingnut, and hex nut
- A hard-shelled seed.
- There are many sort of nuts - peanuts, cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts and more.
- A fastener: a piece of metal, usually square or hexagonal in shape, with a hole through it having machined internal threads, intended to be screwed onto a bolt or other threaded shaft.
- (slang) A crazy person.
- He was driving his car like a nut.
- (slang) The head.
- (US, slang) Financial term for monthly expense to keep a venture running.
- (US, slang) The amount of money necessary to set up some venture; set-up costs.
- (US, slang) A stash of money owned by an extremely rich investor, sufficient to sustain a high level of consumption if all other money is lost.
- (music, lutherie) On string instruments such as guitars and violins, the small piece at the peghead end of the fingerboard that holds the strings at the proper spacing and, in most cases, the proper height.
- (typography slang) En, a unit of measurement equal to half of the height of the type in use.
- (historical, UK slang) An extravagantly fashionable young man of the 1910s and 1920s.
- (vulgar, slang, rarely used in the singular) A testicle.
- I kicked him in the nuts.
- (vulgar, slang) Semen, ejaculate.
- An extreme enthusiast.
- a fashion nut
- a gun nut
- a sailing nut
- (climbing) A shaped piece of metal, threaded by a wire loop, which is jammed in a crack in the rockface and used to protect a climb. (Originally, machine nuts [sense #2] were used for this purpose.)
- (poker, only in attributive use) Relating to the nuts, the best possible hand on a given board.
- The tumbler of a gunlock.
- (nautical) A projection on each side of the shank of an anchor, to secure the stock in place.
(third-person singular simple present nuts, present participle nutting, simple past and past participle nutted)
From Middle English nute, note, from Old English hnutu, from Proto-Germanic *hnutuz (“nut”) (cf. West Frisian nút, Dutch noot, German Nuss, Danish nød, Swedish nöt), from Proto-Indo-European *knu-, *kneu- (cf. Irish cnó, Latin nux (“walnut”), Albanian nyç (“a gnarl”)).