nut·​ter ˈnə-tər How to pronounce nutter (audio)
plural nutters
British slang
: a foolish or eccentric person
also, sometimes offensive : someone who is not mentally sound

Examples of nutter in a Sentence

rather than ostracizing them, the British seem to cherish their nutters read conspiracy theories from some nutter on the Internet
Recent Examples on the Web Its founder was not a member of Congress but Paul Weyrich, a hard-right nutter with theocratic leanings with a fair claim to being the Johnny Appleseed of the New Right, having also co-founded the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority, and the American Legislative Exchange Council. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 27 Mar. 2023 Westwood was a real original—even a nutter in some ways. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 Feb. 2023 Other cyclists and the governing bodies of competitive cycling have all but called Landis a complete nutter. Kyle Munkittrick, Discover Magazine, 26 Jan. 2011 Lloyd Hansen is his exit strategy, and this nutter will stop at nothing to snuff Six and steal the drive. Peter Debruge, Variety, 14 July 2022 Out here in Iowa, Papist nutter Rick Santorum — now accompanied on the campaign trail by the ridiculous Duggar clan, the famous cable-television pullulators — has made this quite clear, over and over again. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, 3 Jan. 2012

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Word History

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nutter was in 1958

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“Nutter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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