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Dictionary Definition



1 usually large hard-shelled seed
2 Egyptian goddess of the sky
3 a small (usually square or hexagonal) metal block with internal screw thread to be fitted onto a bolt
4 half the width of an em [syn: en]
5 a whimsically eccentric person [syn: crackpot, crank, nut case, nutcase, fruitcake, screwball]
6 someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction; "a golf addict"; "a car nut"; "a news junkie" [syn: addict, freak, junkie, junky]
7 one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens; "she kicked him in the balls and got away" [syn: testis, testicle, orchis, ball, ballock, bollock, egg] v : gather nuts [also: nutting, nutted]

User Contributed Dictionary



From nute < hnutu. Cognate with Latin nux, Dutch noot, German Nuss, Icelandic hnut, Spanish nuez.


  • , /nʌt/, /nVt/
  • Rhymes with: -ʌt


  1. A hard-shelled seed.
  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.
  3. An insane person.
  4. The head.
  5. In the context of "vulgarity|slang|rarely used in the singular": A testicle.
  6. In the context of "US|slang": The amount of money necessary to set up some venture; set-up costs.
    • 1971: My attorney was waiting in a bar around the corner. “This won't make the nut,” he said, “unless we have unlimited credit.” — Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Harper Perennial 2005, p. 11)
  7. 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.



  • Albanian: arrë
  • Arabic: (mukassarāt) p
  • Chinese: 堅果, 坚果 (jiān guǒ)
  • Croatian: orah
  • Czech: ořech
  • Danish: nød
  • Dutch: noot
  • Esperanto: nukso
  • Filipino: mani
  • Finnish: pähkinä
  • French: no generic translation exists; noix is often used, but this actually means “walnut
  • German: Nuss
  • Greek:
    Ancient: κάρυον (kárion)
    Modern: ξυρός καρπός (xyrós karpós), καρύδι (karýdi)
  • Hebrew: אגוז (egóz)
  • Hungarian: dió
  • Icelandic: hneta, hnota (rare)
  • Indonesian: kacang
  • Italian: noce
  • Japanese: 木の実 (konomí)
  • Korean: 호두 (hodu)
  • Latin: nux
  • Latvian: rieksts
  • Old English: hnutu
  • Polish: orzech
  • Portuguese: noz
  • Russian: орех (oréx)
  • Scottish Gaelic: cnò
  • Slovene: oreh
  • Spanish: nuez , fruta seca
  • Swedish: nöt
  • Telugu: గింజ (giMja)
  • Tok Pisin: nat
  • Turkish: ceviz
  • Welsh: cneuen
that fits on a bolt
  • Arabic:
  • Czech: matka
  • Dutch: moer
  • Finnish: mutteri
  • French: écrou
  • German: Mutter
  • Greek: παξιμάδι (paksimádi)
  • Hebrew: האם (ha-óm)
  • Hungarian: anyacsavar
  • Italian: dado
  • Latvian: uzgrieznis
  • Polish: nakrętka
  • Portuguese: porca
  • Russian: гайка
  • Spanish: tuerca
  • Telugu: నట్టు (naTTu)
  • Tok Pisin: nat
  • Welsh: nyten
informal: insane person
slang: the head
slang: testicle
Translations to be categorised

Related terms


  1. In the context of "transitive|slang": To hit deliberately with the head; to headbutt.
  2. In the context of "intransitive|slang": To ejaculate (semen).



nut (plural nutten, diminutive nutje)

Derived terms



  • /nʌʔ/


  1. no; used to show disagreement or negation.

Extensive Definition

Nut may be:

See also

nut in Hebrew: אגוז (פירושונים)
nut in German: Nuss
nut in Italian: NUT
nut in Dutch: Noot
nut in Polish: Orzech
nut in Simple English: NUT
nut in Turkish: NUT

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Brazil nut, English walnut, Macadamia nut, acorn, addict, aficionado, alien, aliene, almond, almond paste, amande, amande douce, amandes mondees, amateur, authority, bean, bedlamite, beechnut, ben nut, berry, betel nut, bigot, bird seed, bitter almond, black walnut, blanched almonds, bonduc nut, borderline case, bring in, buff, bug, burnt almond, butternut, candlenut, case, cashew, cashew nut, character, chestnut, chinquapin, cobnut, coconut, collector, conk, connoisseur, corozo nut, crackbrain, crackpot, crank, critic, crop, crop herbs, cuckoo, cumara nut, cut, dement, demon, demoniac, devotee, dig, dika nut, dilettante, ding-a-ling, dome, eager beaver, eccentric, energumen, enthusiast, erratic, expert, faddist, fan, fanatic, fanatico, fiend, flake, flaxseed, fou, freak, fruit, gather, gather in, glean, goober, goober pea, grabble, grain, great one for, ground-pea, groundnut, harebrain, harvest, hay, hayseed, head, hermit, hickory nut, hobbyist, hobo, horse chestnut, hound, idiot, infatuate, issue, kernel, kola, kola nut, kook, linseed, litchi nut, lone wolf, loner, loon, loony, lunatic, lunatic fringe, madman, maniac, maverick, meat, meshuggenah, monomaniac, mow, natural, nigger toe, noddle, noggin, noisette, noix, non compos, noncompos, nonconformist, noodle, odd fellow, oddball, oddity, original, outsider, palm nut, pariah, peanut, peanut butter, pecan, phrenetic, pick, pine nut, pip, pistachio, pit, pluck, poll, pundit, pursuer, queer duck, queer fish, queer specimen, question, rara avis, raving lunatic, reap, reap and carry, recluse, rhapsodist, salted peanuts, sassafras nut, savant, scholar, screwball, seed, solitary, souari nut, specialist, stone, strange duck, sucker for, sweet almond, technical expert, technician, tramp, type, visionary, walnut, weirdo, zealot
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