nut·​ty ˈnə-tē How to pronounce nutty (audio)
nuttier; nuttiest
: having or producing nuts
nutty trees
: having a flavor like that of nuts
a nutty sauce
: eccentric, silly
a nutty professor
nutty ideas
also, sometimes offensive : mentally unsound
nuttily adverb
… the movie is so nuttily untethered to any semblance of reality that it's almost enjoyable. Elisabeth Vincentelli
nuttiness noun
The menu includes dishes like a rich pecan soup whose nuttiness is offset by chipotle chilies and tomatoes. Matt Lee et al.
It's not just Marlon Brando's nuttiness that makes this special— it's the gusto with which he wallows in his own nuttiness. Karen Schoemer

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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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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Cite this Entry

“Nutty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


nut·​ty ˈnət-ē How to pronounce nutty (audio)
nuttier; nuttiest
: containing or suggesting nuts (as in flavor)
: not showing good sense
also : mentally unbalanced
nuttiness noun

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