Definition of peanut in English:



  • 1The oval seed of a South American plant, widely roasted and salted and eaten as a snack.

    • ‘To look after them properly, as instructed by the experts, I have to feed them hazelnuts, sunflower seeds and unsalted peanuts.’
    • ‘All these foods had peanuts or peanut oil hidden inside.’
    • ‘In western countries they are most familiar as roasted or salted peanuts, or in peanut butter or incorporated in confectionery.’
    • ‘Garnish the plate with the almond tofu and crushed honey roasted peanuts.’
    • ‘How she loved to crunch them; dry roasted peanuts, macadamias, cashews, pistachios, walnuts and Brazils.’
    • ‘Milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat, peanuts, and tree nuts cause most reactions.’
    • ‘This resulted in an oversupply of peanuts, soybeans, pecans, and sweet potatoes.’
    • ‘Children pace up and down the platform selling roasted peanuts, fried snacks, and baskets of sweet bananas.’
    • ‘There were almonds, peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans and Brazil nuts.’
    • ‘Drizzle with sesame oil, and scatter with shredded ginger, spring onions, salted peanuts and coriander.’
    • ‘The most common foods people are allergic to include: peanuts; walnuts; pecans or almonds; and wheat and gluten.’
    • ‘Rich in essential fatty acids and protein, it also contains organic dry roasted Valencia peanuts and sea salt.’
    • ‘They are also found in nuts like peanuts, walnuts, cashews as well as in seeds and fish.’
    • ‘Birds that are fed diets with large proportions of sunflower seeds, peanuts and walnuts are often prone to obesity.’
    • ‘The fresh peanuts are boiled in salt water and eaten warm.’
    • ‘Sauces may contain okra, tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, eggplant, peppers, and other vegetables.’
    • ‘You can add peanuts or any other nuts if you like.’
    • ‘Sprinkle with dry-roasted peanuts to add protein and fiber.’
    • ‘Good food sources include broccoli, peanuts, pumpkin seeds and spinach.’
    • ‘That's just 22 almonds, three tablespoons of cashews, 28 peanuts, 47 pistachios, or 14 walnut halves.’
    1. 1.1US A small person (often used as a term of endearment)
      • ‘‘Oh, peanut, I'm so sorry,’ he told her, kissing her forehead.’
      • ‘‘Here you go, peanut,’ Adam handed them to his daughter.’
      • ‘He finally looked up at me and smiled, ‘Hey peanut.’’
  • 2The plant of the pea family that bears the peanut, which develops in pods that ripen underground. It is widely cultivated, especially in the southern US, and large quantities are used to make oil or animal feed.

    • ‘Yucca, plantain, peanuts, sweet potatoes, and sugarcane are grown, as well as medicinal herbs.’
    • ‘They grow several staple crops, including manioc root, sweet potatoes, sugar cane, peanuts, and plantains.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In an intensely managed, year-round vegetable garden, plant peanuts after winter greens such as turnips or kale.’
  • 3informal A paltry thing or amount, especially a very small amount of money.

    ‘he pays peanuts’
    very small sum, pittance, trifle, trifling sum, drop in the ocean, insignificant sum, derisory sum, paltry sum
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    1. 3.1US A small person (often used as a term of endearment)
  • 4Small pieces of Styrofoam used for packing material.