Definition of nutso in US English:



North American
  • Insane.

    ‘his nutso neighbors’
    • ‘He'd got something; some tiny little extra detail, and they all went nutso over it.’
    • ‘Gary Walker is one of Joey's friends and is a little nutso if you ask me.’
    • ‘The star will play a nutso photographic shop assistant who decides to develop a relationship with Gladiator star Connie Nielsen.’
    • ‘In some ways, the nutso American brand of arch-conservatism mirrors traditional anti-Semitism.’
    • ‘She gets to go out on a date with Barry in which he further displays a capacity for nutso violence by trashing the men's room.’
    • ‘If you believe Melbourne breakfast radio, the whole city has gone nutso this morning in some sort of mass hysteria, melting down switchboards, wanting to know what that big noise/rumble was that woke them at 3 this morning.’
    • ‘She admitted that part of our family is definitely a little nutso, which was nice to hear confirmed.’
    • ‘Kasmier agrees, but he has his own individual way of expressing that thought: ‘I've found Sonoma Valley the perfect place for a nutso wine-maker to do his thing.’’
    • ‘I spent three hours working on nutso email problems earlier today, but thought I was over it.’
    • ‘The nutso radio call-in shows went nuclear with charges of ingratitude, disloyalty, treason, back-stabbing and duplicitous doubleparking.’
    • ‘It's full-blown nutso nonsense to request that people should read the piece and decide for themselves.’
    • ‘Do I have traumatic memories that I have blanked out and will come back to me in a flash and I'll go all nutso?’
    • ‘He goes around the world chasing after his nutso neighbor and finds a couple allies along the way.’
    • ‘These days, it's heard more and more on the stage, emerging from the wisecracking mouths of some pretty nasty, venal or certifiably nutso characters.’
    • ‘We bicker because we love each other to bits and we're both invested in knowledge even when we think the other nutso.’
    • ‘You sit there and listen to me tell you about my nutso family and all you can say is that he's strange?’
    • ‘He wasn't in love with her, he just really wanted to help her, and he's drunk, that's where all these nutso ideas are coming from.’
    very keen on, devoted to, infatuated with, in love with, smitten with, enamoured of, hot for
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North American
  • An insane or eccentric person.

    • ‘Instead of thinking of the worst possible scenario, as you seem to have a habit of doing… what about thinking if there really is some crazy nutso out there who is in love with you?’
    • ‘Imagine what would happen if a bunch of nutsos seized an elementary school on the Friday before the election and threatened to blow it up if we didn't empty the place.’
    • ‘Franz is the jolly nutso, neo-Nazi musical composer.’
    • ‘From a past personal experience I'd definitely recommend that you appear and sound very bored, actually bored to death, when any anonymous nutso calls to insult or scare you over the phone.’
    • ‘Anyway, with all the current security concerns in the US and internationally, we would all be better off if this nutso was put away for a couple dozen years.’
    • ‘I just want them identified for the right-wing nutsos that they are.’
    madman, madwoman, maniac, lunatic
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