See also: NUT and -nut




Etymology 1Edit

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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 *knew- (compare Irish cnó, Latin nux ‎(walnut), Albanian nyç ‎(a gnarl)).


nut ‎(plural nuts)

  1. A hard-shelled seed.
    There are many sort of nuts: peanuts, cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts and more.
  2. 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[1]
      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.
  3. (slang) A crazy person.
    He was driving his car like a nut.
  4. (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.
  5. (US, slang) Monthly expense to keep a venture running.
  6. (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.”
  7. (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.
  8. (music, lutherie) On stringed 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.
  9. (typography slang) En, a unit of measurement equal to half of the height of the type in use.
  10. (dated, Britain, slang) An extravagantly fashionable young man. [1910s-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 [...].
  11. (vulgar, slang, chiefly plural) A testicle.
    I kicked him in the nuts.
  12. (vulgar, slang, uncountable) Semen, ejaculate.
  13. An extreme enthusiast.
    a fashion nut
    a gun nut
    a sailing nut
  14. (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.
  15. (poker, only in attributive use) The best possible hand of a certain type, especially: "nut flush" and "nut straight". Compare nuts ‎(the best possible hand available).
    If you have two cards of spades in your hand, one being the ace, and the table has any three or more cards of spades, congratulations, you have the nut flush! A full house could still beat you, though.
    nut straight = AKQJT unsuited
    a nut hand; a nut flush
  16. The tumbler of a gunlock.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)
  17. (nautical) A projection on each side of the shank of an anchor, to secure the stock in place.
Derived termsEdit
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nut ‎(third-person singular simple present nuts, present participle nutting, simple past and past participle nutted)

  1. (Britain, 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...
  2. (intransitive, slang) To ejaculate (semen).

Etymology 2Edit



  1. (Scotland, colloquial) No.
    • 1995, Alan Warner, Morvern Callar, Vintage 2015, p. 26:
      Did you like them boys? I goes.
      Nut. She shook her hair.
      Nut. Right townies.





nut n ‎(uncountable)

  1. use, benefit

Derived termsEdit




  1. rafsi of snuti.


nut, the top to the left


From Old Norse hnútr.


nut m

  1. roundend, tall mountain top



  • “nut” in The Bokmål Dictionary / The Nynorsk Dictionary.

Old SwedishEdit

Alternative formsEdit


From Old Norse hnot, from Proto-Germanic *hnuts.


nut f

  1. nut





nut f

  1. genitive plural of nuta





  1. (South Scots) no; used to show disagreement or negation.
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