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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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 When cooked, the color changes to deep purple, and the texture becomes slightly soft but not quite sticky, with a mildly roasted and nutty taste. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "'Chicken feet? Why?' And your other questions about Chinese food answered," 22 Feb. 2018 With Caramelized Onion Purée Roasting vegetables with ghee gives them a deliciously rich and nutty flavor. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Make Your Own Ghee," 1 Feb. 2019 Madiera, the Portuguese fortified wine, is also spectacular with the nutty, spiced, and caramel flavors that are so common in Thanksgiving desserts. Kristin Tice Studeman, Vogue, "The Best Wine for Every Thanksgiving Scenario," 19 Nov. 2018 Venezuela is known for its nutty, delicate cocoa, but sadly, not that many American bean-to-bar makers are using it. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "These Local Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Makers Have You Covered for Valentine’s Day," 7 Feb. 2018 Made by Nashville's Christie Cookie Co., these cookies are extra nutty to offset the sweetness of the white chocolate. Lyndsey Matthews, Town & Country, "8 Things You Need to Eat and Drink at the Masters," 11 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of nutty

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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