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peanut

noun pea·nut \ ˈpē-(ˌ)nət \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of peanut

1 : a low-branching widely cultivated annual herb (Arachis hypogaea) of the legume family with showy yellow flowers having a peduncle which elongates and bends into the soil where the ovary ripens into a pod containing one to three oily edible seeds; also : its seed or seed-containing pod
2 : an insignificant or tiny person
3 peanuts plural : a trifling amount
4 : a pellet usually made of polystyrene foam that is used especially as packing material

Examples of peanut in a Sentence

  1. Five billion dollars is peanuts compared to what the government spends each year.

  2. He works all day for peanuts.

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First Known Use of peanut

1802


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peanut

adjective

Definition of peanut

: insignificant, petty
  • peanut politics

Examples of peanut in a Sentence

  1. this is a peanut matter, and we're fools for wasting time on it

Recent Examples of peanut from the Web

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First Known Use of peanut

1836



PEANUT Defined for English Language Learners

peanut

noun

Definition of peanut for English Language Learners

  • : a nut with a thin shell that grows under the ground and that can be eaten

  • peanuts : a very small amount of money


PEANUT Defined for Kids

peanut

noun pea·nut \ ˈpē-ˌnət \

Definition of peanut for Students

: a nutlike edible seed related to the pea that comes from the tough underground pods of a widely grown plant and that are eaten whole or crushed to form a spread ( peanut butter ) or produce oil for cooking ( peanut oil )


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