nutty

adjective
nut·​ty | \ ˈnə-tē How to pronounce nutty (audio) \
nuttier; nuttiest

Definition of nutty

1 : having or producing nuts
2 : having a flavor like that of nuts
3 : eccentric, silly also : mentally unbalanced

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Other Words from nutty

nuttily \ ˈnə-​tə-​lē How to pronounce nuttily (audio) \ adverb
nuttiness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for nutty

Synonyms

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, nuts, psycho, psychotic, scatty [chiefly British], screwy, unbalanced, unhinged, unsound, wacko (also whacko), wacky (also whacky), wud [chiefly Scottish]

Antonyms

balanced, compos mentis, sane, sound, uncrazy

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Examples of nutty in a Sentence

candy with a nutty taste the only other prisoner in the dungeon was a nutty soul who feasted on bugs

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The Squirrel Stash hazelnut amber ale is a must-have — smooth, nutty and just plain tasty. The Know Staff, The Know, "12 under-the-radar breweries that you should be drinking at this summer," 3 July 2019 These are the freshest, most lively styles of sherry and exhibit a salty and nutty quality. Shana Clarke, Fortune, "A New Style of Winemaking Could Take Sherry Mainstream," 29 June 2019 This chapter at least piles on the emotional deluge at the end after plenty of adventures, laughs and one nutty road trip. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: Pixar's 'Toy Story 4' is one fun and rollicking existential crisis after another," 13 June 2019 At any other moment in American history, this exhausting drama would have seemed unthinkable, nutty, and deeply mortifying for a country that still counts itself a global superpower. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Republicans Have Become the Except-When-Trump-Does-It Party," 6 June 2019 With assistance from their nutty backup singers, the Squirrelles, Elephant and Piggie invites the audience to join in for interactive fun. Dan Kelly, kansascity, "KC events June 6-11: ‘Oklahoma,’ Big Slick weekend, TinyFest Midwest, Tan France," 4 June 2019 In fact, the scene outside EPA headquarters in Washington got a bit nutty yesterday afternoon, as a man wearing an oversized papier-mâché Pruitt head posed for pictures with happy EPA staffers. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "The Future of Former EPA Chief Scott Pruitt's Anti-Science Legacy," 6 July 2018 The documents were so nutty that the proposal’s lead sponsor, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, took them down. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Make Trump Popular Again," 13 Feb. 2019 With a similar oily heat, nutty crunch and facility as a utility player, Mexico’s salsa macha could be chile crisp’s next-of-kin. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Chester Gerl’s versatile, crunchy salsa macha is so much more than a chip dip," 2 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of nutty

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nutty was in the 15th century

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nutty

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of nutty

: tasting or smelling like nuts
: containing nuts
: silly, strange, or foolish

nutty

adjective
nut·​ty | \ ˈnə-tē How to pronounce nutty (audio) \
nuttier; nuttiest

Kids Definition of nutty

1 : not showing good sense a nutty idea
2 : having a flavor like that of nuts

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