\ ˈnəts How to pronounce nuts (audio) \

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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Their fans will be going absolutely nuts, from the pregame Jurassic Park madness right through the most important evening in franchise history. Bruce Jenkins,, "Kawhi Leonard, Raptors seize Game 4, presenting a dark prospect for Warriors," 7 June 2019 Henceforth, the movie shifts from the disquieting to the freaky and, by the end, the absolutely nuts. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Hereditary” Delivers a New Kind of Horror," 7 June 2018 All the ridiculousness published about Sterling over the last few years is absolutely nuts., "Sane Humans Hit Back on Twitter as Ridiculous Gammons Call Out Raheem Sterling for Having a Tattoo," 29 May 2018 Veronica’s old New York pals Blair and Serena come to visit her at her new school, and everyone goes absolutely nuts. Alexis Nedd, Cosmopolitan, "7 More TV Crossovers That Should Definitely Happen," 5 Jan. 2018 Understandably, the students went absolutely nuts again – even more so when the clearly surprised and emotional math teacher accepted his proposal. Caralynn Lippo, Redbook, "Kids Go Wild After Their Elementary School Teachers Get Engaged In Front of Them," 1 Mar. 2017 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

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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