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Definition of nuts

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Soothing media sounds lurk in the console touchscreen — Lively Forest, Calm Sea Waves, Warm Fireplace — for when the news of the day just gets too nuts. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Sorento SUV is luxe ute in Kia clothing," 16 Jan. 2021 While the crumb is similar (streusel is mostly butter, flour, and sugar, with cinnamon and sometimes oats or nuts), usually there’s more of it on the New York version, and a hefty dose of powdered sugar. Stacy Adimando, Saveur, "Crumb Cake Is Germany’s Gift to Baking," 7 Nov. 2018 The Cavs bench went nuts after watching a game-winning layup by teammate Isaac Okoro. cleveland, "Top 20 Cleveland Cavaliers pictures from 2020 by photographers," 28 Dec. 2020 After the song was done, the crowd went nuts, recalled Dreesen. Ryan Parker, Billboard, "Frank Sinatra Nearly Walked Away From Performing After Flubbing a Song -- Then a Fan Intervened," 11 Dec. 2020 Fans in general went nuts for Gabby Barrett’s incredible performance. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "A Pregnant Gabby Barrett Crushed Her Performance at the 2020 CMA Awards," 12 Nov. 2020 Handing over de facto top-down management of the public sphere to Facebook and YouTube, with their hundreds of millions of American users, is frankly nuts. Zephyr Teachout, The New Republic, "A Blueprint for a Trust-Busting Biden Presidency," 18 Dec. 2020 Our healthcare system is nuts, writes columnist David Lazarus. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: How to make your virtual office holiday party worthwhile," 15 Dec. 2020 Most nuts-and-bolts diplomacy is done behind the scenes by senior staffers whose approach doesn’t usually vary much between administrations, Mazza said. Stephanie Lai, Los Angeles Times, "Some Taiwanese immigrants fear Biden will ‘Make China Great Again.’ Can he win them over?," 1 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of nuts

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 Feb 2021

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“Nuts.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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


\ 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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