Definition of nutty in English:


adjectivenuttier, nuttiest

  • 1Tasting like nuts.

    ‘wild rice has a very nutty flavour’
    • ‘They are stunning to look at and have a distinct, nutty flavour.’
    • ‘We sampled the plump, satisfying pork pot-stickers as well as the shrimp balls on cloud ear mushrooms, which combined a distinctly nutty flavour with the sweet pink puffs of shrimp.’
    • ‘It has a delicate, fruity aroma reminiscent of apricots, a nutty flavour with a texture that's almost chewy.’
    • ‘Another novel sake introduced at the tasting event was the award-winning Kijoshu sake, which has a syrupy texture and a rich, nutty caramel flavor.’
    • ‘When heated and reduced, maple syrup can be used for delicate sugar work, often with more appealing results than white sugar due to the syrup's smoky, almost nutty, flavor.’
    • ‘It was described by the Arctic explorer Richardson in the mid-19th century as ‘a small white root about the thickness of a goose quill, which had an agreeable nutty flavor’.’
    • ‘Each matzo is flame-baked in a traditional long oven for just sixty seconds to give them their incomparable crispness and subtle nutty flavour.’
    • ‘Flax seeds are tiny, golden, flat, elongated seeds, rather crunchy in texture, with a bit of a nutty flavour.’
    • ‘They gave us creamy yak yoghurt buried with an inch of tsampa and for once I truly relished its nutty flavour.’
    • ‘This is the perfect dish to showcase the truffle's earthy forest floor perfume and nutty flavour.’
    • ‘The nutty flavour of the barley goes very well with the slightly exotic flavour of the mushrooms - a marriage made in Scotland.’
    • ‘For appetizers, I recommend the arugala salad for those who enjoy the distinctly nutty flavour of this salad green.’
    • ‘Another day we make semi-freddo, combining the richness of heavy cream with bitter dark chocolate and the nutty flavour of amaretti biscuits.’
    • ‘I suggested that maybe the spiciness of the Merguez may be overpowering it, because the Emmental certainly gave my own crepe it's nutty distinct flavour.’
    • ‘Melted with milk, this one produces the assertive, clean, nutty flavour that gives your palate a hit similar to a strong espresso coffee.’
    • ‘This rice is less processed than its white counterpart: the grains retain their bran layers, giving the rice a light brown color, chewy texture, and nutty flavor.’
    • ‘Wild rice is considered a highly nutritional grain and is recognized by its chewy texture and nutty flavour.’
    • ‘Its rich, nutty flavor is surprisingly sharp and refreshing.’
    • ‘Simply grind in a coffee grinder or high-powered blender 3 measures of linseed, two measures of sunflower seeds and one measure of almonds to make a delicious nutty tasting powder.’
    • ‘You dip these ingredients into olive oil and then into a little bowl of zatar, a blend of spices and herbs like thyme and sumac, which dusts each bite an unusual nutty flavour.’
    1. 1.1 Containing a lot of nuts.
      ‘a nutty vegetable bake’
      • ‘Savoury Nut Burgers - Moist and nutty inside, crispy and well browned outside, these tempting burgers will be just as popular with non-vegetarians.’
      • ‘The methi pulav turned out pretty good - very nutty and chewy.’
      • ‘This is a thick, nutty curry of chicken with cashew nuts, grated coconut, garlic cloves, fresh ginger, coriander, onions & green chillies.’
  • 2informal Mad.

    ‘he came up with a few nutty proposals’
    • ‘I have no doubt that the advice you have received from economists and tax experts has told you why your proposal is nutty.’
    • ‘Out there on the radical fringe, Lester knows he's unlikely to persuade the U.S. Congress to adopt his nutty proposals’
    • ‘There is no tangible search for solutions and little real, positive innovation or creativity; merely the recycling of outdated ideas, baseless gossip and nutty proposals.’
    • ‘His nutty enthusiasm for the game of golf hasn't diminished one stroke in his even-par 72 years.’
    • ‘I would have to do this nutty, wild, exhausting sort of dance where I would flail my arms and legs out with so much gusto I would eventually lose some of the bottled up energy.’
    mad, insane, mentally ill, certifiable, deranged, demented, of unsound mind, out of one's mind, not in one's right mind, sick in the head, not together, crazy, crazed, lunatic, non compos mentis, unbalanced, unhinged, unstable, disturbed, distracted, stark mad, manic, frenzied, raving, distraught, frantic, hysterical, delirious, psychotic, psychopathic, mad as a hatter, mad as a march hare, away with the fairies, foaming at the mouth
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  • be nutty about

    • informal Like very much.

      ‘he is nutty about boats’
      • ‘Mills said he was always ‘nutty about boats - anything that floated.’’
      • ‘Why are we so nutty about The Nutcracker?’
      very keen on, devoted to, infatuated with, in love with, smitten with, enamoured of, hot for
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  • (as) nutty as a fruitcake

    • informal Completely mad.

      • ‘Debbie, the youngest daughter of drunkard Frank Smith, is as nutty as a fruitcake and totally unpredictable - a bit like the rest of the Smith clan.’
      • ‘Eugene O'Neill, in his 1914 play, The Movie Man, coined a memorable simile: ‘We sure are as nutty as a fruitcake or we wouldn't be here.’’
      • ‘Only 16.7 percent of them are non compos mentis, or, in football terms, nutty as a fruitcake.’
      • ‘He was a man who was a wise as a venerable oak to some and as nutty as a fruitcake to others.’
      • ‘She also said that after working in entertainment for 42 years, ‘there's no way you can do that and not be as nutty as a fruitcake.’’