Definition of nut
1a (1) : a hard-shelled dry fruit or seed with a separable rind or shell and interior kernel (2) : the kernel of a nutb : 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 (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 personb : enthusiast a movie nut
7 nuts plural : nonsense —often used interjectionally
8 slang : a person's head
nutlikeplay \ˈnət-ˌlīk\ adjective
Examples of nut in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of nut from the Web
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.
Though banana is a popular base for vegan ice cream, so are nut butters, rice, soy and even hemp milk.
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.
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.
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.
Pesto can be made a million different ways, with different greens—even kale and collards—olive oil, cheese, and nuts.
Nuts, seeds, olive oil, avocado, fish, organic meats and dairy and coconut are the best options.
Kumail Nanjiani may be best known for playing the acerbic, unlucky-in-love computer programmer Dinesh on HBO’s Silicon Valley, but the actor, writer, and comedian has always been a rom-com nut at heart.
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Origin and Etymology of nut
Middle English nute, note, from Old English hnutu; akin to Old High German nuz nut and perhaps to Latin nux nut
Definition of nut
: to gather or seek nuts
First Known Use of nut
NUT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nut for English Language Learners
: 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
NUT Defined for Kids
Definition of nut for Students
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
nutlike\-ˌlīk\ adjective a nutlike flavor
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