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nut

noun \ ˈnət \

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
2 a :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)
6 a :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 1

nutlike

play \ˈnət-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of nut in a Sentence

  1. The squirrel cracked the nut and ate the meat inside.

  2. walnuts, almonds, peanuts, and other nuts

  3. The squirrel sat and ate the nut.

  4. Are you allergic to nuts?

  5. a bowl of nuts and raisins

  6. That guy is a real nut.

  7. She's a real baseball nut.

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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


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nut

verb

Definition of nut

nutted; nutting
intransitive verb
:to gather or seek nuts


NUT Defined for English Language Learners

nut

noun

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

nut

noun \ ˈnət \

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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