\ˈnəts \

Definition of nuts 


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


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]


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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For more flavor, try toasting the nuts and coconut before adding them to the batter. Becky Krystal, Houston Chronicle, "This classic coffee cake is what good mornings are made of," 18 June 2018 Once the Capitals clinched their win, people went nuts and did what any championship city seems to do: climb street poles. Jenna West,, "Fans Climb Poles, Go Crazy in Streets After Capitals Win Stanley Cup," 8 June 2018 To dress up salads, toss in fresh, canned or dried fruit, along with nuts and cheese, if desired. Indianapolis Star, "RECIPES: Fruit Recipes for the Holidays," 18 May 2018 Separate Chinese tariffs on around $3 billion of U.S. products including fruit, nuts and pork were imposed in March in response to Trump’s decision to slap tariffs on iron and steel imports. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Amid trade talks, China drops anti-dumping probe into U.S. sorghum imports," 18 May 2018 Truffles are traditionally made with a chocolate ganache center coated in chocolate, icing, cocoa powder, chopped nuts or coconut. Cassie Armstrong,, "National Truffle Day: How to celebrate in Central Florida," 2 May 2018 Buy cheese, nuts and chilies or a piñata for your next party. James Clark,, "Meet the neighbors with Tijuana daytrip," 19 Apr. 2018 Even the candy dispensers are now filled mostly with nuts and granola. Andy Rosen,, "Not your parents’ office? Now it is: Tech workspaces start to grow up," 5 Apr. 2018 As a starter, Westerhausen recommends at least: 1 ounce of cheese per person 1 to 2 tablespoons nuts1 to 2 tablespoons condiments 4 pieces of fruit 4 to 6 vegetables 1 to 2 ounces of meat. Becky Krystal, charlotteobserver, "How to build the ultimate cheese board," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of nuts

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of nuts

: very enthusiastic about or interested in something

: feeling affection or love for someone or something


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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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