peanut

noun
pea·​nut | \ ˈpē-(ˌ)nət How to pronounce peanut (audio) \

Definition of peanut

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

peanut

adjective

Definition of peanut (Entry 2 of 2)

: insignificant, petty peanut politics

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Examples of peanut in a Sentence

Noun

Five billion dollars is peanuts compared to what the government spends each year. He works all day for peanuts.

Adjective

this is a peanut matter, and we're fools for wasting time on it
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The issue prompted a years-long campaign to get Southwest Airlines to stop handing out peanuts on its flights, a demand that carrier complied with last summer. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Whole Foods recalls pesto in 5 states due to undeclared nuts," 6 June 2019 Gerl includes peanuts in his salsa macha but also adds almonds and seeds: sesame, pumpkin and sunflower. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Chester Gerl’s versatile, crunchy salsa macha is so much more than a chip dip," 2 Jan. 2019 Whatever the reason, read on for three updates on kids’ food allergies, age by age. Baby Update: A New Trend in Prevention The National Institutes of Health recently recommended introducing peanuts to infants based on their risk levels. Jessica Migala, Woman's Day, "How to Keep Your Kids Safe From Food Allergies," 19 Nov. 2018 The size and mass of the peanut at the center of the galaxy is relatively well measured, although the distribution of stars (e.g., the star types and their exact locations) within the shape is less well-known. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Gamma ray evidence for dark matter outshone by a flock of pulsars," 10 Aug. 2018 The maker of chocolate Kisses and Reese’s peanut butter cups on Thursday said volumes in North America, the company’s largest market, rose 1.4% in the quarter, driven primarily by the longer Easter season. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Easter Candy Shipments Lift Hershey Results," 25 Apr. 2019 But there were also sweet notes from both the bottom chocolate layer and top peanut butter candy layer. Woman's Day, "We Tried the New Reese's Cup Made Strictly For Peanut Butter Lovers," 27 Mar. 2019 Despite their high sodium content, popcorn and peanuts are Katz’s best bets for a concession stand snack. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "March Madness! A Pro’s Guide to the Healthiest Courtside Snacks," 18 Mar. 2019 According to the Georgia Department of Agriculture, 5 percent of pecan crops, 15 percent of cotton crops, 30 percent of vegetables, and 50 percent of peanuts had already been harvested. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "Hurricane Michael Completely Destroys Crops on Georgia Farms," 12 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Caramel-Cookie Butter Icebox Pie is a playful variation on an old Texas favorite, peanut butter pie. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Old-fashioned icebox pies are easy and delicious," 4 June 2019 Early estimates of losses to the peanut crop range from $10 million to $20 million. Jeff Martin, The Seattle Times, "Farmers fear it will take years to recover from storm strike," 30 Oct. 2018 Cotton, pecan and peanut crops were lost in Georgia, and one million power customers were offline Thursday in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia, according to reports from local utilities. Jon Kamp And Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Michael Blasts Deadly Path Across Several Southern States," 11 Oct. 2018 In The Bitter Southerner, James Beard-award winning writer Shane Mitchell offers a history of and paean to this most versatile and nutritional of ground nuts and to the region where it’s grown, correcting a few peanut myths along the way. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Goodness, How Delicious, Eating Goober Peas," 2 May 2018 Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together peanut butter, soy sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, and remaining sesame oil, ginger, and garlic. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Asian Noodles and Meatballs," 16 Aug. 2018 This may help explain why peanut allergies are more common in Western countries, where the nuts are often roasted (part of the process of making peanut butter), than in Asian nations where raw or boiled peanuts are more common. Amber Dance, Washington Post, "Peanut allergy is one of the most severe food allergies. New therapies might help.," 12 May 2018 The double dose of peanuts in the form of whole nuts and peanut butter means these bars are really filling, even in small portions. Becky Krystal, charlotteobserver, "These five-ingredient, 10-minute peanut bars will be your new afternoon pick-me-up | Charlotte Observer," 3 Apr. 2018 The military has long disqualified recruits for a broad range of medical conditions that could impact performance, including bad knees, heel spurs, diabetes and even peanut allergies. New York Times, "Sergeant Sues Defense Dept. Over ‘Outdated’ H.I.V. Policies," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of peanut

Noun

1802, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1836, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of peanut was in 1802

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peanut

noun

English Language Learners Definition of peanut

: a nut with a thin shell that grows under the ground and that can be eaten
informal : a very small amount of money

peanut

noun
pea·​nut | \ ˈpē-ˌnət How to pronounce peanut (audio) \

Kids Definition of peanut

: 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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