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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Sesame and pumpkin seeds add nutty notes and thicken the base. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "Braised meats, saucy dinners, comforting soups and more our favorite Dutch oven recipes," 5 Dec. 2019 Creamy Leek and Kale Gratin This creamy-yet-virtuous gratin of greens from Ivy Manning is crowned with crunchy homemade bread crumbs tossed with nutty-tasting brown butter. oregonlive, "29 Thanksgiving side dish recipes, including 3 must-have green bean casseroles," 20 Nov. 2019 While the sweetness of white sugar is monotone, dark brown sugar is rich in molasses, which contributes the nutty, butterscotch notes of caramelization. Samin Nosrat, New York Times, "A Lazy Woman’s Canelé," 27 Mar. 2018 This dal uses toor dal, a split pigeon pea with a sweet, nutty flavor and can be made in an Instant Pot. Leena Trivedi-grenier,, "How I cooked my way out of Indian Impostor Syndrome," 17 Apr. 2020 Steel-cut oats have a nutty whole-grain flavor and retain a nubbly texture. David Tanis, New York Times, "A Mediterranean-Inspired Menu to Keep You Going All Day," 3 Apr. 2020 Using a starter to make bread takes longer than using yeast, but the result is well worth it: A more complex, tangy, nutty flavor, and a chewier texture. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "Want to bake bread but can’t find yeast? Make a sourdough starter," 24 Mar. 2020 Palm oil is solid at room temperature and has a generally neutral taste, although it’s sometimes described as having a very mild nutty flavor. Ian Burke, Saveur, "The Complete Guide to Cooking Oils," 10 Oct. 2018 As a character, Murray is genially, foil-hattishly nutty. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The American Paranoia of Stranger Things 3," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of nutty

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 May 2020

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“Nutty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nutty

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


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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