Definition of nutty in English:



  • 1Tasting like nuts.

    ‘wild rice has a very nutty flavour’
    • ‘Each matzo is flame-baked in a traditional long oven for just sixty seconds to give them their incomparable crispness and subtle 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 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’.’
    • ‘For appetizers, I recommend the arugala salad for those who enjoy the distinctly nutty flavour of this salad green.’
    • ‘It has a delicate, fruity aroma reminiscent of apricots, a nutty flavour with a texture that's almost chewy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wild rice is considered a highly nutritional grain and is recognized by its chewy texture and nutty flavour.’
    • ‘This is the perfect dish to showcase the truffle's earthy forest floor perfume and nutty flavour.’
    • ‘They gave us creamy yak yoghurt buried with an inch of tsampa and for once I truly relished its nutty flavour.’
    • ‘Flax seeds are tiny, golden, flat, elongated seeds, rather crunchy in texture, with a bit of a nutty flavour.’
    • ‘The nutty flavour of the barley goes very well with the slightly exotic flavour of the mushrooms - a marriage made in Scotland.’
    • ‘They are stunning to look at and have a distinct, nutty flavour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another day we make semi-freddo, combining the richness of heavy cream with bitter dark chocolate and the nutty flavour of amaretti biscuits.’
    • ‘Its rich, nutty flavor is surprisingly sharp and refreshing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Melted with milk, this one produces the assertive, clean, nutty flavour that gives your palate a hit similar to a strong espresso coffee.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 Containing a lot of nuts.
      ‘a nutty vegetable bake’
      • ‘The methi pulav turned out pretty good - very nutty and chewy.’
      • ‘Savoury Nut Burgers - Moist and nutty inside, crispy and well browned outside, these tempting burgers will be just as popular with non-vegetarians.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have no doubt that the advice you have received from economists and tax experts has told you why your proposal is nutty.’
    • ‘His nutty enthusiasm for the game of golf hasn't diminished one stroke in his even-par 72 years.’
    • ‘Out there on the radical fringe, Lester knows he's unlikely to persuade the U.S. Congress to adopt his nutty proposals’


  • be nutty about

    • informal Like very much.

      ‘he is nutty about boats’
      • ‘Why are we so nutty about The Nutcracker?’
      • ‘Mills said he was always ‘nutty about boats - anything that floated.’’
      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.

      • ‘He was a man who was a wise as a venerable oak to some and as nutty as a fruitcake to others.’
      • ‘Only 16.7 percent of them are non compos mentis, or, in football terms, nutty as a fruitcake.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’’