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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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Now, on the one hand, that seems nuts, because human skin comes in so many colors. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Why We See the Colors of Faces Differently Than Other Things," 8 July 2019 Sadly, the cream, caramel, nuts and other delicious fillings do not fall into that same category. Erin Davis And Katherine Dillinger, CNN, "Here's some fun (and not-so-fun) facts for International Chocolate Day," 7 July 2019 Foodies in the area had the chance to sample specials, such as spicy pasta dishes, peppery nuts and popcorn, piquant tacos and salsa, hot wings and spicy desserts. Karie Angell Luc,, "Thousands celebrate the heat, spicy foods during Inferno Fest in Highwood," 27 June 2019 Have toppings mixed in on the marble top, including candy, fruit, nuts or chocolaty snacks. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Treat yourself on a hot summer day to any of these seven frozen treat shops in the Milwaukee suburbs," 26 June 2019 Joanna Stroud and Natalia Soto have been nuts about volleyball for years, so the opportunity to learn about the game from one of its legends seemed too good to be true. Scott French,, "Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings leads youth volleyball clinic," 22 June 2019 To me that’s just nuts: bad tax policy, bad social policy, and morally indefensible in the bargain. . . Ray D. Madoff, WSJ, "The Case for Giving Money Away Now," 16 June 2019 The festival will highlight creations such as spicy pasta dishes, peppery nuts and popcorn, piquant tacos and salsa, hot wings, and much more., "Calendar: Learn how to sell stuff safely online Tuesday in Lake Forest," 18 June 2019 However, new cases are especially concentrated in the San Joaquin Valley, home to the farms that produce two-thirds of the nation’s fruit and nuts and one third of its vegetables. NBC News, "Potentially deadly valley fever is hitting California farmworkers hard, worrying researchers," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of nuts

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nuts was in 1785

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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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