\ ˈnət How to pronounce nut (audio) \

Definition of nut

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(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
2a : a hard problem or undertaking
b : core, heart
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 (such as a violin) over which the strings pass on the upper end of the fingerboard
5 : a small lump (as of butter)
6a : a foolish, eccentric, or crazy person
b : enthusiast a movie nut
7 nuts plural : nonsense often used interjectionally
8 slang : a person's head
9 usually vulgar : testis
10 : the amount of money that must be earned in order to break even
11 : en sense 1


nutted; nutting

Definition of nut (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to gather or seek nuts

Other Words from nut


nutlike \ ˈnət-​ˌlīk How to pronounce nut (audio) \ adjective

Examples of nut in a Sentence

Noun 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Roasted tomatoes and halved gooseberries nestle in a pool of kefir and roasted kale oil; avocado wedges rolled in roasted seeds and nuts are separated by sorrel leaves; pea tips and tendrils garnish a stack of fried cheese dumplings. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, 18 July 2017 Meanwhile, people are on the dance floor going nuts. Ron Hart, Esquire, 6 July 2017 A maker of nutrition and protein bars sold at Publix, CVS, Walgreens and other stores and online outlets nationwide recalled three types of bars after hearing about nut allergy reactions. David J. Neal, miamiherald, 6 July 2017 People with peanut or certain tree nut allergies should be aware of a new CLIF bar recall through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Lucy Berry,, 6 July 2017 Though banana is a popular base for vegan ice cream, so are nut butters, rice, soy and even hemp milk. Leanne Italie, The Seattle Times, 3 July 2017 A variety of creamy bases made of fruit, nut butters, rice, soy and even hemp have elevated vegan ice cream among vegans, vegetarians and health-conscious meat-eaters alike. Washington Post, 3 July 2017 Vinegar Hill House is super flexible and Chef Michael Poiarkoff’s roast chicken is my favorite in the whole city and my husband loves the spinach and ricotta manicotti with pork ragu and pine nuts. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 29 June 2017 The specific instructions include eating half an avocado or a tablespoon of a nut butter every day, and to eat breakfast within an hour of waking. Michelle Konstantinovsky, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of nut


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)


1604, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nut


Middle English nute, note, from Old English hnutu; akin to Old High German nuz nut and perhaps to Latin nux nut

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“Nut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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


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Kids Definition of nut

1 : a dry fruit or seed with a firm inner kernel and a hard shell
2 : the often edible kernel of a nut
3 : a small piece of metal with a hole through it that can be screwed onto a bolt for tightening or holding something
4 : a foolish or crazy person
5 : a person who is very interested in or enthusiastic about something a sports nut

Other Words from nut

nutlike \ -​ˌlīk \ adjective a nutlike flavor

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