Main definitions of nut in English

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noun

  • 1A fruit consisting of a hard or tough shell around an edible kernel.

    ‘he was cracking nuts with his teeth’
    • ‘Rural people are allowed to collect medicinal herbs, mushroom and fungi, edible vegetables, wild nuts, and fruits from forests.’
    • ‘The nut's hard ash-coloured shell contains toxic substances similar to what is found in poison ivy and poison oak.’
    • ‘There are many species of walnut trees with edible nuts.’
    • ‘Cover the foam with a handful or two of nuts in the shell.’
    • ‘In fall and winter they feed principally on acorns, other nuts, seeds, and fruits.’
    • ‘The fruit of this tree is a nut and is edible if roasted.’
    • ‘Scientists found that the two macadamia species that produce edible nuts were the most similar to each other.’
    • ‘Hook-billed birds love to explore items with their beak and tongue, and they are naturals at holding and cracking seeds and nuts.’
    • ‘Seeds, nuts, fruits, and berries make up their diet in the wild.’
    • ‘The shells of green nuts are soft, and the skins on the seeds are not fully colored.’
    • ‘Many communities were encouraged to find a cheap art or craft to sell to visitors, such as painted boomerangs, carved emu eggs, boab nuts, and shells and toas.’
    • ‘We stood sipping under Nikos's walnut tree, cracking nuts and watching Psiloritis flush from pale orange to deep mauve in the light of the setting sun.’
    • ‘If you pick a walnut from a walnut tree and find it extremely difficult to crack, it shouldn't come as any surprise, as walnuts are literally one of the toughest nuts to crack.’
    • ‘The other was broad and shallow, heaped with leaves, assorted seeds, nuts, and rose hips.’
    • ‘Fifteen behaviors involved foraging using tools, such as probing for ants with sticks and cracking nuts with stones.’
    • ‘But in autumn and winter the birds switch to a variety of fruits, seeds and nuts.’
    • ‘They use their massive black bills to twist off and crack open pine nuts, the mainstay of their diet.’
    • ‘They also make decorative bags of painted nuts, necklaces of shells and nuts, and other items mainly to sell to tourists.’
    • ‘Or buy nuts in the shell, so it will take you longer to eat them.’
    • ‘And only a director of Burton's Wonka-esque vision would deem it necessary to train 200 real squirrels to shell nuts for one scene.’
    1. 1.1 The hard kernel of a nut.
      ‘savoury snacks like crisps and nuts’
      • ‘We would not be restricted to salad vegetables, fruits and nuts, milk, raw fish, and steak tartare.’
      • ‘Scatter the fruit and toasted nuts over the wet chocolate discs and leave to set.’
      • ‘On your next picnic, serve strawberries with a pot of honey and chopped toasted nuts or chocolate shavings.’
      • ‘Foods that tend not to provoke an insulin response include meat, fish, eggs, green vegetables, most fruits, nuts, beans and pulses.’
      • ‘Instead, garnish food with one tablespoon of chopped nuts per person.’
      • ‘They set out an estimable tuna salad perked up with toasted pine nuts.’
      • ‘When we were camping near Mt. Index two weekends ago, I sat near the fire and ate pistachio nuts.’
      • ‘My grandparents had a bowl of mixed salted nuts on the table.’
      • ‘Eat a ripe avocado and a handful of raw, unsalted cashew nuts mid-morning and mid-afternoon.’
      • ‘Traditionally, the betel nut was chewed as a mild stimulant, but this is much less common today.’
      • ‘Loaded with dried fruits and nuts, this cake is very moist, soft, and satisfying, and on top of that, it's sugar-free.’
      • ‘It's usually ready-made meals but in today's delivery I've made sure I stuck to healthy food: fruit, vegetables, nuts and raisins.’
      • ‘The cake was really rich and slightly crumbly because of the high content of nuts (pistachio and almonds), and surprisingly lemony.’
      • ‘In a medium mixing bowl, combine fruits and nuts.’
      • ‘Nut allergies can start early on and usually do not disappear in adulthood.’
      • ‘Betel leaves, areca nuts, and fruits are distributed to wedding guests and observers.’
      • ‘Besides being fun to eat, pistachio nuts are a boon to our health.’
      • ‘Steer clear of digestion-challenging fatty foods, including butter, cream, olive oil, crisps and nuts.’
      • ‘The nuts, olives and breadsticks are a nice touch.’
      • ‘Fruit, nuts, plain yoghurt and eggs (perhaps with a little wholegrain cereal or toast) are all good foods to fill up on in the morning.’
    2. 1.2usually nuts A small lump of something hard or solid, especially coal.
      • ‘Crunchy cereals, pretzels, soy nuts, veggie chips, even beef or turkey jerky can help satisfy the need to work the jaw while filling the stomach.’
  • 2A small flat piece of metal or other material, typically square or hexagonal, with a threaded hole through it for screwing on to a bolt as a fastener.

    ‘fix the new pipe and tighten the nuts’
    ‘the final wheel nut was tightened’
    • ‘They ranged from the production of brass and other non-ferrous metals to screws, nuts, bolts, chains and anchors, pins, and jewellery.’
    • ‘For example, screw bolts and nuts are known from the Roman era (they have square heads to be turned with a wrench).’
    • ‘By contrast a search at 900 different locations failed to find any problems similar to the loose sets of nuts thought to be to blame for the Potters Bar crash.’
    • ‘Tighten the nuts on the bolts while sitting on it.’
    • ‘Machine screws have a uniform shaft diameter and a blunt end, with smaller, less angled threads, designed for use with a matching nut or threaded hole.’
    • ‘Note that the separate wrench on the small vise is hexagonal and fitted onto a hexagonal nut for tightening the vice.’
    • ‘The deck is fiberglass composite with balsa wood core and is securely fastened with nuts, bolts, and washers to the inward hull flange.’
    • ‘Tighten the coupling nuts and check for any leaks.’
    • ‘A good toolbox has lots of trays designed to hold all those odd bits of hardware, such as screws and bolts, washers, nuts, and nails.’
    • ‘Police suspect the vehicle's wheel nuts were not properly fastened and a case of culpable homicide has been opened.’
    • ‘It is a question that applies also to threads in metal, such as bolts and nuts and screw fasteners.’
    • ‘A bolt was pushed through the hole and a nut was screwed on the end of it.’
    • ‘They found two nuts missing from the front stretcher bar of the points and insisted that they should be immediately replaced.’
    • ‘Since they do not usually mention nuts, presumably the smiths also made the requisite matching nut and included it in the price.’
    • ‘Use a long strip of painted wood or metal for the flag and attach it with a nut and bolt through a drilled hole.’
    • ‘On Saturday 22nd November 2003 Mr Henderson had torque tightened the wheel nuts as advised after 50 kilometres.’
    • ‘Slide the ring and nut to the threads and tighten the nut.’
    • ‘You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.’
    • ‘For this reason, experts recommend using a torque wrench to tighten lug nuts when changing a wheel.’
    • ‘The airframers checked and tightened every bolt, nut, screw, and cotter key in the system.’
    1. 2.1 The part at the lower end of the bow of a violin or similar instrument, with a screw for adjusting the tension of the hair.
  • 3informal A crazy or eccentric person.

    ‘she would have written me off as a time-wasting nut’
    • ‘In a short career, Jolie has taken on more nuts than a Snickers factory.’
    • ‘Suddenly, it occurs to Zip: Irene has a crush on that nut.’
    • ‘As far as I was concerned he was just some crazy nut who spent his days crooning up in the attic where he was changed.’
    • ‘These Londoners were nuts to begin with - and they're only getting more audacious.’
    • ‘He's such a crazy nut, he would've done the naked pics for each team had he been there.’
    • ‘Then more whacko tourists would inundate their pristine land of home-grown nuts and fruitcakes.’
    • ‘You're going to have to spend the whole of his time here playing lovebirds in order to prevent that nut from wanting you to cheat on Scott with him!’
    • ‘Brains, manners, road sense and common sense don't exist in the motorists' world and the biggest nut on a car sits behind that steering wheel.’
    • ‘I got up this morning and was moving around like a crazy nut.’
    • ‘Honey felt another spurt of warmth toward the woman, who was clearly risking that nut's wrath to buy her time.’
    • ‘If he did, he'd find, not only arguments like that, but even some nuts pining for the imposition of a fascist state or some other form of dictatorship.’
    • ‘Okay, so Buchanan is a perpetually angry hateful old nut, but still.’
    • ‘Crazy Chomsky-reading nut that he is, he at least deserves some coin for 30 years of honky-tonk labor.’
    • ‘Some nutcase stuck a colourful religious icon next to the button on Monday which some other nut removed on Tuesday.’
    • ‘He offers no causes, no motives and no solutions and his two blank, motiveless killers are far scarier than the traditional lone nut.’
    • ‘It's more that it makes me uncomfortable when we give these glory-seeking nuts the kind of attention they so desperately crave.’
    madman, madwoman, maniac, lunatic
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    1. 3.1with adjective or noun modifier A person who is excessively interested in or enthusiastic about a specified thing.
      ‘a football nut’
      • ‘He seems to have gone round the bend and gone after militia crazies and gun nuts, looking for his kind.’
      • ‘Shane Filan, a self confessed car nut, has collected some very desirable machines, including a Ferrari and two classic American muscle cars.’
      • ‘We even put one of those spoof backwards recordings on the end of the single for a laugh, to give all those Beatles nuts something to do.’
      • ‘As a matter of fact, most so called health nuts don't even scratch the surface of healthy living anyway, no matter how much they can bench press.’
      • ‘It's part of an annual event that attracts 1.5 million car nuts, most of them there to show off their classic cars.’
      • ‘What a weird and wacky world of gun nuts he turned up.’
      • ‘And since 1993, the impressive grounds of Goodwood House have also been home to the festival, which has become a magnet for car nuts.’
      • ‘Well I don't know about that but if some religious nut, er, enthusiast wants me to be happy well, it's better than penile enhancement promos.’
      • ‘As you'd expect from a sport-obsessed nation, Sydney is a haven for sports nuts, especially since hosting the 2000 Olympics.’
      • ‘Not every person who is pro-war or anti-gun control is a pro-life, anti-gay religious nut.’
      • ‘Being a downhill ski nut and former instructor probably helps, but I think anyone can learn the basics of downhill skating and live to enjoy it.’
      • ‘I stepped up and brought forward an old argument I've had with a friend, Richard, who for while was a classical music nut.’
      • ‘As a self confessed car nut I was in my element examining pictures of Formula 1 cars and drivers, rally cars, scale models, trucks and bikes.’
      • ‘It's a limited-growth market - you're not going to all of a sudden discover a vast new audience of car buffs or gun nuts.’
      • ‘She has really beautiful brown hair, and I really do like it, but I am a nut for red hair.’
      • ‘Key stylist Joy Zapata is interviewed, as well as the director, Reese Witherspoon, and other hair nuts from Legally Blonde.’
      • ‘While many of Moore's targets are easy, like the various gun nuts he interviews, a few of the connections he makes left some in the audience cold.’
      • ‘The latest Legacy is, at last, the car that most car nuts wish it always had been.’
      • ‘Just consider how the dumbest sports nuts remember every score.’
      • ‘As a professional nude nut however, Tim was faced with a dilemma.’
      enthusiast, fan, fanatic, addict, devotee, aficionado
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  • 4informal A person's head.

    ‘he's aiming to break a record by balancing a car on his nut’
    head, skull, cranium
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  • 5nutsvulgar slang A man's testicles.

  • 6The fixed ridge on the neck of a stringed instrument over which the strings pass.

    ‘the positioning allows the strings a straight path over the nut’
    • ‘The right-hand bridges usually carry the bass strings, which run across the soundboard to the nut on the opposite edge.’

verb

  • 1British informal with object Butt (someone) with one's head.

    ‘I thought he was going to nut me in the face’
    • ‘From a short corner, Totti coaxed in a lovely ball to the far post and Toni, six yards out and free of his marker, nutted it into the corner.’
    • ‘Koroman's dangerous cross is nutted behind by Boulharouz for a corner.’
    • ‘I went up for the ball and got there first but one of their lads just nutted me in the wrong place.’
    • ‘There's not a single woman cowering under pointless blows, not a single housewife, waitress, charlady or nun being needlessly punched or nutted.’
    • ‘Figo, who should have walked for nutting Van Bommel, is just muscled off the ball by Boulahrouz and goes down clutching his face.’
    • ‘Senderos heads away just as Pizarro is about to nut a cross in from about eight yards out.’
    • ‘How often have you heard of an uncle nutting his nephew?’
    • ‘She gave a little laugh through her tears. ‘When Daddy finally got the full picture, he nutted David a good one.’’
    • ‘France took the lead with a dodgy, early penalty, converted with preposterous calm by Zidane, but Italy deservedly equalised when Marco Materazzi showed what he'd learned on Merseyside by nutting home a cracking equaliser from a corner.’
    • ‘One of them grabbed my hand, so I pulled it away and he pushed me against a wall, and then he nutted me and I fell to the floor.’
    • ‘Fish is on stage in a Scotland football strip having earlier told the crowd that if he ever meets Ruud van Nistelrooy he will avenge Holland knocking Scotland out of the European Cup with a six-nil drubbing by nutting the said footballer.’
    • ‘Oppens used her elbows, wrists and knuckles, and sometimes her head came so near the keyboard that I suspect she nutted the poor instrument as well.’
    • ‘O'Gara pulled back another three points after Baby nutted O'Driscoll at a ruck - why no card from referee Tony Spreadbury?’
    • ‘The new half was only six minutes old when he nutted the equaliser from a Steven Smith free-kick.’
    • ‘The air of unreality continued when Motherwell decided not to defend a Giovanni van Bronckhorst corner which Lorenzo Amoruso nutted goalwards from a narrow angle, with Wallace touching it into the net on the line.’
    • ‘I'd just left to go to the bar when Mark came storming up to me saying that he'd nutted a guy for calling him a fag!’
    • ‘Who ever nutted him last week will probably have knocked some sense into his peanut brain and should be telling him to sort out the domestic economy.’
    • ‘I could nut him and put him down, or keep negotiating and calming him.’
    • ‘Even Thierry Henry could have nutted it further than that.’
    • ‘When the bright Shunsuke Nakamura sent the ball in, Hartson found the space to nut it home.’
  • 2usually as noun nuttingarchaic no object Gather nuts.

    • ‘More affluent folks enjoyed nutting as recreation.’
    • ‘Bill Oddie said at the launch yesterday ‘We want everyone to get out and get nutting.’’

Phrases

  • do one's nut

    • informal Become extremely angry or agitated.

      ‘I hope my mum hasn't heard about this, or she'll be doing her nut’
      • ‘I was before I came here, but someone in this computer lab is playing a Shania Twain album on a CD drive and it's doing my nut!’
      • ‘She does her nut and wakes him up to challenge him about it.’
      • ‘Aforementioned furry rodent re-appears at regular intervals, doing his nut over his unresponsive acorn, the inventive repetition reminiscent of Laurel and Hardy fighting with a piano or endless jousts in classic cartoons.’
      • ‘But I need to do some digging first to find out what the actual case-law is on these matters before doing my nut about them.’
      • ‘It's not just his merciless cheeriness that's doing my nut.’
      • ‘It was no surprise that Hart was doing his nut on the sidelines.’
      • ‘Mum took me setting the microwave alight pretty well, I told her when she rang so she could do her nut at the hospital (very quietly) and be over the most of her temper by the time she got home.’
      • ‘Rejoice that you do not still live with your mother would would do her nut about the black splashes all over the kitchen.’
      • ‘On the day of the incident he came home to a table full of banana sandwiches and ‘started to do his nut’.’
      • ‘The skipper was apparently doing his nut, but while King's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions could be applied to his crew, they didn't have much effect on his passengers.’
  • nuts and bolts

    • informal The basic practical details.

      ‘the nuts and bolts of making a movie’
      • ‘The book is also a marvelous insight into the nuts and bolts of medical practice.’
      • ‘What I'm attempting to do here is get down to the nuts and bolts.’
      • ‘Further detailed discussions on the nuts and bolts of the finance deal will now take place with the DfES.’
      • ‘Transnational culture-ideology practices are the nuts and bolts and the glue that hold the system together.’
      • ‘Her tale, the least interesting of the three, details the nuts and bolts of her past and what it takes to break free for a better future.’
      • ‘He tends to hire ambitious people who have their eye on a startup and a knack for the nuts and bolts of practice.’
      • ‘Massenet learned his craft by playing timpani at the Paris Opéra, and really understood the nuts and bolts of theatrical production.’
      • ‘At the same time he was always interested in practicalities, in the nuts and bolts.’
      • ‘The announcement was long on strategy and short on the nuts and bolts of how the forums will work in practice.’
      • ‘The internet is the mechanism - the nuts and bolts - for physically connecting computer networks.’
      practical details, basic details, fundamentals, basics, practicalities, essentials, mechanics
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  • off one's nut

    • informal Out of one's mind; crazy.

      • ‘Of course, it was the super-catchy single ‘Crawling In The Dark,’ that generated the most applause, but it was interesting to see that the crowd went off their nut for most of Hoobastank's other material too.’
      • ‘He cocked his head and looked at me as if I was off my nut.’
      • ‘Depending on who you believe, he was either a pedophile, philanderer or just a bit off his nut.’
      • ‘There was a reason I wanted to go on a picnic, even though your parents thought I was off my nut.’
      • ‘You're the one who's gone off your nut about it.’
      • ‘There are new bands coming through, but no one else seems to realise that rock music is in the middle of a Zeitgeist just now, and kids who are 19 just want to get off their nut and go crazy.’
      • ‘It's only after the money has been donated that he tells Lil, who pretty much goes off her nut.’
      • ‘When I told him I hadn't seen you all day and that I was worried because Rigger wasn't here either he went off his nut!’
      • ‘If you, say, went off your nut and tried to fill up the Houston Astrodome with Blanco Countians, you'd have to clone each one seven times.’
      • ‘I do believe that man was seriously off his nut, but why create all this?’
  • a tough (or hard) nut

    • informal Someone who is difficult to deal with; a formidable person.

      • ‘John Cena, the current WWE World Champion, is known around the world as a tough nut, but with the release of his new LP, he may be getting some respect as an MC as well.’
      • ‘Romanov is by all accounts a hard nut, not inclined to throw good money after bad.’
      • ‘The female of the species are supposed to be tough nuts.’
      • ‘Schumacher may be a tough nut, yet with hindsight that could prove to be a key moment when the drivers line up in Malaysia for the last grand prix of the season on October 22.’
      • ‘The programme needed a strong story line and, being a bit of a tough nut anyway, she could live with that, she said.’
      • ‘In the MacTavish Cup first-round replay, Loch Carron's difficulties against Kilmallie continued and they found them once again a tough nut.’
      • ‘And you look at them and you think, ‘OK, this is going to be a hard nut.’’
      • ‘While Spider-man, Daredevil, X-Men, Hulk and Blade were a slam dunk from an entertainment standpoint, the central figure of the current cinematic outing is something of a tough nut.’
      • ‘Clarke, who died in 1990, was a tough nut in his own right.’
      • ‘That's a hard nut and I'm not prepared to say where all those should be, but I think there are places where they may be needed.’
  • a tough (or hard) nut to crack

    • informal A difficult problem or an opponent that is hard to beat.

      • ‘I'm sure BB would like to implement something that works well for everyone, but it's a very difficult nut to crack and not something to rush into.’
      • ‘‘Entertainment is a really, really difficult nut to crack,’ admits Bolland.’
      • ‘But he's right about parents being a tougher nut to crack.’
      • ‘Japan has proved a tough nut for Microsoft's console division to crack.’
      • ‘Nine-year-olds are tough nuts to crack, as Peter Loraine, head of marketing at S Club Juniors' label Polydor, points out.’
      • ‘Oliver Cromwell ordered the walls to be ‘slighted’ - pulled down in parts so that if hostilities broke out again it would not prove so tough a nut to crack.’
      • ‘Now they, like the rest of Europe, are tough nuts to crack.’
      • ‘He should prove a tough nut to crack over tomorrow's extended three miles.’
      • ‘But reforming the media through policy changes may be the toughest nut to crack in the entire U.S. political system.’
      • ‘Upgrading a module that combines PHP with SQL is a tougher nut to crack, and it seems as though the XOOPS people have done an admirable job.’
  • use (or take) a sledgehammer to crack a nut

    • informal Use disproportionately drastic measures to deal with a simple problem.

      • ‘A charitable view would be to say it cracks a tiny nut with an enormous sledgehammer.’
      • ‘The fact that 11 humps on a short stretch of country road (where, incidentally, it has never been established statistically that an overwhelming accident problem existed in the first place) is a case of using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.’
      • ‘Mark Oaten, the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, warned: ‘Labour seems obsessed with breaking away the traditions of the jury system and is in danger of using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.’’
      • ‘While most people are, no doubt, all for continuing to improve standards, it seems the powers that be are using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.’
      • ‘So far we have just been giving warnings because we didn't want to use a sledgehammer to crack a nut - we, like a lot of people in the town, actually support the building of a skatepark for them.’
      • ‘‘I think they are using a sledgehammer to crack a nut here,’ he said.’
      • ‘Your wording in your submission is that, to your mind, the disciplinary process used a sledgehammer to crack a nut.’
      • ‘Obsessed as Network Rail is with targets for punctuality, it is taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut.’
      • ‘The MoD was using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.’
      • ‘It feels a bit like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.’

Origin

Old English hnutu, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch noot and German Nuss.

Pronunciation

nut

/nʌt/

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Nut2

proper noun

Egyptian Mythology
  • The sky goddess, thought to swallow the sun at night and give birth to it in the morning.

Pronunciation

Nut

/nʊt/

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NUT3

  • (in the UK) National Union of Teachers.