Definition of peanut in English:

peanut

noun

  • 1The oval seed of a tropical South American plant, often roasted and salted and eaten as a snack or used to make oil or animal feed:

    ‘a bag of dry-roasted peanuts’
    • ‘That's just 22 almonds, three tablespoons of cashews, 28 peanuts, 47 pistachios, or 14 walnut halves.’
    • ‘How she loved to crunch them; dry roasted peanuts, macadamias, cashews, pistachios, walnuts and Brazils.’
    • ‘Garnish the plate with the almond tofu and crushed honey roasted peanuts.’
    • ‘There were almonds, peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans and Brazil nuts.’
    • ‘Good food sources include broccoli, peanuts, pumpkin seeds and spinach.’
    • ‘This resulted in an oversupply of peanuts, soybeans, pecans, and sweet potatoes.’
    • ‘Birds that are fed diets with large proportions of sunflower seeds, peanuts and walnuts are often prone to obesity.’
    • ‘Sauces may contain okra, tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, eggplant, peppers, and other vegetables.’
    • ‘In western countries they are most familiar as roasted or salted peanuts, or in peanut butter or incorporated in confectionery.’
    • ‘The most common foods people are allergic to include: peanuts; walnuts; pecans or almonds; and wheat and gluten.’
    • ‘They are also found in nuts like peanuts, walnuts, cashews as well as in seeds and fish.’
    • ‘Rich in essential fatty acids and protein, it also contains organic dry roasted Valencia peanuts and sea salt.’
    • ‘Sprinkle with dry-roasted peanuts to add protein and fiber.’
    • ‘To look after them properly, as instructed by the experts, I have to feed them hazelnuts, sunflower seeds and unsalted peanuts.’
    • ‘Milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat, peanuts, and tree nuts cause most reactions.’
    • ‘You can add peanuts or any other nuts if you like.’
    • ‘The fresh peanuts are boiled in salt water and eaten warm.’
    • ‘Drizzle with sesame oil, and scatter with shredded ginger, spring onions, salted peanuts and coriander.’
    • ‘All these foods had peanuts or peanut oil hidden inside.’
    • ‘Children pace up and down the platform selling roasted peanuts, fried snacks, and baskets of sweet bananas.’
  • 2The plant of the pea family that bears peanuts, which develop in pods that ripen underground.

    • ‘In an intensely managed, year-round vegetable garden, plant peanuts after winter greens such as turnips or kale.’
    • ‘They grow several staple crops, including manioc root, sweet potatoes, sugar cane, peanuts, and plantains.’
    • ‘Yucca, plantain, peanuts, sweet potatoes, and sugarcane are grown, as well as medicinal herbs.’
    • ‘He encouraged farmers to try new crops, like peanuts, cowpeas and sweet potatoes, and to try new rotations, better cultural practices and more appropriate machinery.’
    • ‘The fields I had once planted with potato and peanuts now were home to groves of cherry trees a foot in diameter.’
  • 3peanutsinformal A very small or inadequate sum of money:

    ‘he pays peanuts’
    • ‘Given today's exceptionally low long-term interest rates, the annual cost would be, well, peanuts.’
    • ‘These corruption charges amount to an amount of money that's peanuts compared to the corruption that went on before him.’
    • ‘But while other favourites Macedonia, Georgia and Bolivia, are pulling in the money, it's peanuts compared with Miss Ireland, he said.’
    • ‘As much as seven thousand dollars is for a broke student, it's peanuts in the film world.’
    • ‘‘Compared to the time the programme saves, the price is peanuts,’ said Mr Seavers.’
    • ‘Many people quit their day jobs in hopes of pursuing a career in literature only to find themselves living off peanuts.’
    • ‘Whatever the extra cost on top of the original £4.1 million budget, it would be money worth spending and peanuts compared to the potential cost to the York economy of nine more months of traffic chaos.’
    • ‘Harper's gas tax plan will cost peanuts and save Canadians pennies but it's something everyone can relate to with soaring gas prices.’
    • ‘Her first car would have cost less than £200 new, and in contrast with today's prices, petrol cost peanuts.’
    • ‘This is where the inflation played a role: by the time he got back from Siberia, his debts were worth peanuts, as was the cash he'd paid out to the oil drillers.’
    • ‘The sum was probably peanuts.’
    • ‘Out-of-date film is sold for peanuts, then resold to some little shops for a few pence.’
    • ‘Even if he has the funding he claims, it's peanuts.’
    • ‘In Indonesia multinational companies pay workers peanuts and export into Australia without having to pay any tariffs.’
    • ‘For the European Union, for example, a few tens of millions of dollars is peanuts.’
    very small sum, pittance, trifle, trifling sum, drop in the ocean, insignificant sum, derisory sum, paltry sum
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  • 4peanutsSmall pieces of styrofoam used as packing material.

    • ‘Giggling with delight, he fished through the styrofoam peanuts and retrieved a length of silk, folded about three inches wide and almost two feet long, then tied with a ribbon.’
    • ‘I tore it open, burdened only by the prospect of having to dig through two solid inches of those awful Styrofoam peanuts to reach my treasure.’
    • ‘The big shopping services also create a new and significant waste stream of cardboard boxes and styrofoam packing peanuts.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, this time the bin full of packing peanuts was not there anymore, and I suffered some major trauma to my head, torso, spine, and limbs.’
    • ‘My things were still enclosed in hundreds of packing boxes, and I eyed the Styrofoam peanuts peeking out of them with happiness.’

Pronunciation:

peanut

/ˈpiːnʌt/