Definition of peanut in US English:

peanut

noun

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

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

    Arachis hypogaea, family Leguminosae

    • ‘The fields I had once planted with potato and peanuts now were home to groves of cherry trees a foot in diameter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In an intensely managed, year-round vegetable garden, plant peanuts after winter greens such as turnips or kale.’
  • 3peanutsinformal A paltry thing or amount, especially a very small amount of money.

    ‘he pays peanuts’
    • ‘‘Compared to the time the programme saves, the price is peanuts,’ said Mr Seavers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many people quit their day jobs in hopes of pursuing a career in literature only to find themselves living off peanuts.’
    • ‘But while other favourites Macedonia, Georgia and Bolivia, are pulling in the money, it's peanuts compared with Miss Ireland, he said.’
    • ‘Given today's exceptionally low long-term interest rates, the annual cost would be, well, 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.’
    • ‘For the European Union, for example, a few tens of millions of dollars is peanuts.’
    • ‘The sum was probably peanuts.’
    • ‘As much as seven thousand dollars is for a broke student, it's peanuts in the film world.’
    • ‘Her first car would have cost less than £200 new, and in contrast with today's prices, petrol cost peanuts.’
    • ‘In Indonesia multinational companies pay workers peanuts and export into Australia without having to pay any tariffs.’
    • ‘Out-of-date film is sold for peanuts, then resold to some little shops for a few pence.’
    • ‘These corruption charges amount to an amount of money that's peanuts compared to the corruption that went on before him.’
    • ‘Even if he has the funding he claims, it's peanuts.’
    • ‘Harper's gas tax plan will cost peanuts and save Canadians pennies but it's something everyone can relate to with soaring gas prices.’
    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).
  • 4peanutsSmall pieces of Styrofoam used for packing material.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

peanut

/ˈpēnət//ˈpinət/