\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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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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That is what drives them nuts because if that means that the United States is not the worst racist hellhole for nonwhite people, then their whole value system gets exploded. Fox News, "Gutfeld: Trump is succeeding and it's the media's nightmare," 24 June 2018 But the relative lack of privacy can also drive you absolutely nuts. Caralynn Lippo, Redbook, "20 People Reveal the One Secret They'll Never Share With Their Significant Other," 14 Mar. 2017 In April, the Asian nation started levying additional taxes on American fruit, nuts, pork and wine in response to Trump tariffs on steel and aluminum. Fortune, "Next Move Is Trump's After China Hits Back in Trade-War Opener," 16 June 2018 How to toast nuts Spread nuts—walnuts, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pistachios, pecans, peanuts—on a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 350° until evenly golden brown and fragrant, 8–10 minutes. The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen, Bon Appetit, "14 Kitchen Tips Worth Memorizing," 22 Mar. 2018 Sarah's mysterious motivations for building it aside, the house is objectively nuts. Eliza Thompson, Cosmopolitan, "The True Story of That Creepy House in Helen Mirren's New Movie Winchester," 23 Jan. 2018 The nuts-and-bolts of the book — the ABCs of it — haven't changed a lot in the dozen years or so that have passed since Mario turned in his assignment. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "What started as a homework assignment turns Anchorage hoops star Mario Chalmers into a author," 27 June 2018 Thanks in part to this laissez faire approach, and thanks in part to pressure to keep user counts high, Twitter also did little to stop the spread of bots, which have been used to scam users, influence elections, and generally drive everyone nuts. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Is Twitter Good Now?," 13 July 2018 My hair suddenly looked nuts; the line of demarcation had moved further down my scalp, becoming longer and harder to camouflage, and hat season would eventually end. Jessica Berger Gross, Longreads, "Gone Gray," 10 July 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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