nut·​job ˈnət-ˌjäb How to pronounce nutjob (audio)
variants or nut job
plural nutjobs or nut jobs
: a foolish or eccentric person
Full disclosure: I'm a nutjob when it comes to instant replay in sports. … I would replay the amount of chalk being used on a field if it was thought excessive.Ed Graney
also, sometimes offensive : someone who is not mentally sound

Examples of nutjob in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Is this guy a nutjob? Dalton Ross,, 29 Sep. 2022 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,, 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

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Word History


nut entry 1 + job entry 1

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nutjob was in 1959

Dictionary Entries Near nutjob

Cite this Entry

“Nutjob.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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