Simple Definition of nut
: a small dry fruit with a hard shell that grows on trees, bushes, etc.
: the inside part of a nut that is used as food
: a piece of metal that has a hole through it so that it can be screwed onto a bolt or screw
Full Definition of nut
1 a (1) : a hard-shelled dry fruit or seed with a separable rind or shell and interior kernel (2) : the kernel of a nut b : a dry indehiscent one-seeded fruit with a woody pericarp
3 : a perforated block usually of metal that has an internal screw thread and is used on a bolt or screw for tightening or holding something
4 : the ridge in a stringed instrument (as a violin) over which the strings pass on the upper end of the fingerboard
5 : a small lump (as of butter)
6 a : a foolish, eccentric, or crazy person b : enthusiast <a movie nut>
7 plural : nonsense —often used interjectionally
8 slang : a person's head
Examples of nut
The squirrel cracked the nut and ate the meat inside.
walnuts, almonds, peanuts, and other nuts
The squirrel sat and ate the nut.
Are you allergic to nuts?
a bowl of nuts and raisins
That guy is a real nut.
She's a real baseball nut.
Origin of nut
Middle English nute, note, from Old English hnutu; akin to Old High German nuz nut and perhaps to Latin nux nut
First Known Use: before 12th century
Definition of nut
: to gather or seek nuts
First Known Use of nut
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