nutjob

noun
nut·​job | \ ˈnət-ˌjäb How to pronounce nutjob (audio) \
variants: or nut job

Definition of nutjob

informal
: a mentally unbalanced person : a crazy person Weird, erratic, and alcoholic, [he] was the kind of nutjob it was easy, if not irresistible, to demonize.— Jennifer Reese

Examples of nutjob in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Too many of the bits share the same arc — a seemingly mild-mannered character turns out to be a nutjob — but the cast is fully committed to each and every meltdown. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 1 July 2021 Mitch McConnell got kudos for condemning the QAnon-supporting nutjob. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 3 Feb. 2021 Giving a slap on the wrist to a genuine nutjob requires a lot of political capital in the GOP these days. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 3 Feb. 2021 No danger at all of being snowed in with a murderous nutjob lot at the Rookery. Sarah Rense, Esquire, 17 Jan. 2018 Next comes Bobbi, a cheerful 20something actress from California who seems at first charmingly naïve before revealing herself as a serious nutjob. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, 10 Sep. 2017 The premise seemed to set up a wacky sci-fi comedy about the one sane man among a group of nutjobs. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 23 July 2017 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'nutjob.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of nutjob

1959, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nutjob

nut entry 1 + job entry 1

Learn More About nutjob

Dictionary Entries Near nutjob

nuthouse

nutjob

nutjobber

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for nutjob

Cite this Entry

“Nutjob.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nutjob. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!