nuts

adjective
\ ˈnəts How to pronounce nuts (audio) \

Definition of nuts

informal
1 : enthusiastic, keen nuts for animals and children— Rick Reilly
2 : insane, crazy said that it was a novel and all the people who said otherwise were nuts— Flannery O'Connor

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Synonyms & Antonyms for nuts

Synonyms

balmy, barmy [chiefly British], bats, batty, bedlam, bonkers, brainsick, bughouse [slang], certifiable, crackbrained, cracked, crackers, crackpot, cranky [dialect], crazed, crazy, cuckoo, daffy, daft, demented, deranged, fruity [slang], gaga, haywire, insane, kooky (also kookie), loco [slang], loony (also looney), loony tunes (or looney tunes), lunatic, mad, maniacal (also maniac), mental, meshuga (or meshugge), moonstruck, non compos mentis, nutty, psycho, psychotic, scatty [chiefly British], screwy, unbalanced, unhinged, unsound, wacko (also whacko), wacky (also whacky), wud [chiefly Scottish]

Antonyms

balanced, compos mentis, sane, sound, uncrazy

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Examples of nuts in a Sentence

They looked at me like I was nuts. the bizarre rantings in the notes left behind by the serial killer convinced the police that the guy was nuts

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Warren remains the only candidate to have put forward the nuts-and-bolts of solving the child care crisis. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "The Cost of Child Care Is Crushing American Families. What Will the Presidential Candidates Do About It?," 15 Apr. 2019 Separately, the court is building out its business docket, including nuts-and-bolts cases on taxes, patents and copyrights. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Opens New Term Without Ninth Justice in Place," 30 Sep. 2018 Further Reading Predictably, online media go nuts over ‘Oumuamua and Harvard scientists However, several observations ran counter to this. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Nailing down the nature of ‘Oumuamua—it’s probably a comet, but…," 29 Nov. 2018 Philadelphians have always been a little nuts about the weather. Mike Newall, Philly.com, "Inquirer's breathless coverage of an 1888 blizzard shows Philly's always been nuts about the weather| Mike Newall," 22 Mar. 2018 These starchy nuts pack in a surprising dose of fiber, vitamin C, and important minerals like copper and potassium. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "4 Surprising Health Benefits of Chestnuts," 13 Dec. 2018 One common misconception is that seeds, popcorn and nuts lead to diverticulitis. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Diverticulitis can cause digestive problems for some," 7 June 2018 Paint the white liquid latex ivory, then — yup — go nuts with the fake blood. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "The Scariest Halloween Makeup Tutorials," 8 Oct. 2018 In the old days, when the clubhouse was pretty much a concrete floor with metal lockers and stools, a guy could go nuts with a baseball bat and not do that much damage. Lee Judge Special To The Star, kansascity, "What happens when a Royals player loses it? Why, he 'snaps,' of course | The Kansas City Star," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of nuts

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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nuts

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of nuts

informal
: very enthusiastic about or interested in something
: feeling affection or love for someone or something

nuts

adjective
\ ˈnəts How to pronounce nuts (audio) \

Kids Definition of nuts

1 : enthusiastic about or interested in something She was nuts about horror movies.
2 : crazy sense 1 All this noise is going to make me nuts.

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