A bowl of mixed nuts (hard-shelled seeds).
Assorted nuts (fasteners with internal threads).
From Middle English nute, note, from Old English hnutu, from Proto-Germanic *hnuts (“nut”) (compare West Frisian nút, Dutch noot, German Nuss, Danish nød, Swedish nöt), from Proto-Indo-European *knu-, *kneu- (compare Irish cnó, Latin nux (“walnut”), Albanian nyç (“a gnarl”)).
nut (plural nuts)
- A hard-shelled seed.
- There are many sort of nuts - peanuts, cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts and more.
- A fastener: a piece of metal, usually square or hexagonal in shape, with a hole through it having machined internal threads, intended to be screwed onto a bolt or other threaded shaft.
- 1998, Brian Hingley, Furniture Repair & Refinishing - Page 95
- As the bolt tightens into the nut, it pulls the tenon on the side rail into the mortise in the bedpost and locks them together. There are also some European beds that reverse the bolt and nut by setting the nut into the bedpost with the bolt inserted into a slotted area in the side of the rail.
- (slang) A crazy person.
- He was driving his car like a nut.
- (slang) The head.
1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter V:
- Let the Cream get firmly in her nut the idea that Sir Roderick Glossop was not the butler, the whole butler and nothing but the butler, and disaster, as I saw it, loomed.
- (US, slang) Financial term for monthly expense to keep a venture running.
- (US, slang) The amount of money necessary to set up some venture; set-up costs.
- 1971, Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Harper Perennial (2005), page 11:
- My attorney was waiting in a bar around the corner. “This won't make the nut,” he said, “unless we have unlimited credit.”
- (US, slang) A stash of money owned by an extremely rich investor, sufficient to sustain a high level of consumption if all other money is lost.
- (music, lutherie) On string instruments such as guitars and violins, the small piece at the peghead end of the fingerboard that holds the strings at the proper spacing and, in most cases, the proper height.
- (typography slang) En, a unit of measurement equal to half of the height of the type in use.
- (historical, UK slang) An extravagantly fashionable young man of the 1910s and 1920s.
- 1914, "Saki", ‘The Dreamer’, Beasts and Superbeasts, Penguin 2000 (Complete Short Stories), p. 323:
- ‘You are not going to be what they call a Nut, are you?’ she inquired with some anxiety, partly with the idea that a Nut would be an extravagance which her sister's small household would scarcely be justified in incurring [...].
- (vulgar, slang, rarely used in the singular) A testicle.
- I kicked him in the nuts.
- (vulgar, slang) Semen, ejaculate.
- An extreme enthusiast.
- a fashion nut
- a gun nut
- a sailing nut
- (climbing) A shaped piece of metal, threaded by a wire loop, which is jammed in a crack in the rockface and used to protect a climb. (Originally, machine nuts [sense #2] were used for this purpose.)
- 2005, Tony Lourens, Guide to climbing page 88
- When placing nuts, always look for constrictions within the crack, behind which the nut can be wedged.
- (poker, only in attributive use) Relating to the nuts, the best possible hand on a given board.
- a nut hand; a nut flush
- The tumbler of a gunlock.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)
- (nautical) A projection on each side of the shank of an anchor, to secure the stock in place.
Terms derived from nut (noun)
- Ainu: ニヌㇺ (ninum)
- Albanian: arrë (sq)
- Arabic: جَوْزَة f (jawza), مُكَسَّرَات f pl (mukassarāt)
- Armenian: ընկույզ (ənkuyz)
- Bashkir: сәтләүек (sätläwek)
- Belarusian: арэ́х m (aréx)
- Bulgarian: орех (bg) m (oréh)
- Burmese: အခွံမာသီး (my) (a.hkwammasi:)
- Catalan: nou (ca) f
- Chamicuro: s̈hololoki
- Mandarin: 堅果, 坚果 (zh) (jiānguǒ)
- Czech: ořech (cs) m
- Danish: nød (da)
- Dutch: noot (nl) f
- Esperanto: nukso
- Estonian: pähkel
- Faroese: nøt f
- Filipino: mani
- Finnish: pähkinä (fi)
- French: fruit sec (fr) m, noix (fr) f (literally ‘walnut’ but often used generically)
- Friulian: nole f
- Georgian: კაკალი (ḳaḳali)
- German: Nuss (de) f, Nüsse (de) pl
- Greek: ξυρός καρπός m (xyrós karpós), καρύδι (el) n (karýdi)
- Ancient: κάρυον n (káruon)
- Haitian Creole: nwa
- Hebrew: אגוז (he) m (egóz)
- Hungarian: dió (hu)
- Icelandic: hneta (is) f, hnota f (rare)
- Indonesian: kacang (id)
- Irish: cnó (ga) m, meas m
- Old Irish: cnú f
- Italian: noce (it) f
- Japanese: 堅果 (けんか, kenka), 木の実 (このみ, konomi, きのみ, kinomi), ナッツ (nattsu)
- Javanese: please add this translation if you can
- Kazakh: жаңғақ (jañğaq)
- Korean: 견과 (ko) (gyeon-gwa)
- Lao: ແຫ້ງເປືອກ (ngǣ pư̄ak)
- Latgalian: please add this translation if you can
- Latin: nux (la) f
- Latvian: rieksts (lv) m
slang: insane person
- Arabic: مَخْبُول m (maḵbūl)
- Armenian: գիժ (giž)
- Dutch: gek (nl) m, gekkin f, (Belgium and South Netherlands) zot (nl) m, zottin f
- Filipino: tanga, baliw (tl)
- Finnish: hullu (fi), kahjo (fi), pöljä (fi), pöpi (fi)
- French: fou (fr) m, folle (fr) f
- German: Irre (de) f, Irrer (de) m, Spinner (de) m
- Hungarian: bolond ember, őrült ember
- Irish: gealt f
- Italian: pazzo (it) m
- Japanese: 気違い (きちがい, kichigái)
- Korean: 미친 (michin)
- Latvian: trakais m, jucis m
- Macedonian: чукнат m (čúknat)
- Norwegian: galning m, gærning m
- Polish: świr (pl) m
- Portuguese: louco (pt) m, doido (pt) m, maluco (pt) m
- Romanian: nebun (ro) m, țicnit (ro) m
- Russian: сумасше́дший (ru) m (sumasšédšij), чо́кнутый (ru) m (čóknutyj), псих (ru) m (psix), ши́зик (ru) m (šízik)
- Spanish: loco (es) m, chiflado (es) m, chalado (es) m (Spain)
- Swedish: galen (sv), knäppis (sv) c
- Telugu: తిక్కల వ్యక్తి (tikkala vyakti), తింగర వ్యక్తి (tiṃgara vyakti)
- Tok Pisin: longlongman
amount of money necessary to set up some
musical instruments: small piece that holds the strings at the proper spacing
typography: unit equal to half of the height of the type in use
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Translations to be checked
nut (third-person singular simple present nuts, present participle nutting, simple past and past participle nutted)
- (UK, transitive, slang) To hit deliberately with the head; to headbutt.
- 1999, Nik Cohn, Yes we have no: adventures in the other England
- One night, we were fumbling each other out by the toilets when a Rocker in full leathers came out of the Gents and, without breaking stride or saying a word, nutted me square between the eyes. I went down as though shot...
- (intransitive, slang) To ejaculate (semen).