• (British, America) IPA: /nʌt/, enPR: nŭt
    • (California, New Zealand, RP) IPA: [nɐt]

nut (plural nuts)

  1. A hard-shelled seed.
    There are many sort of nuts: peanuts, cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts and more.
  2. 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.
    Hypernyms: fastener
    • 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.
  3. (slang) A crazy person.
    Synonyms: loony, nutbag, nutcase, nutter, Thesaurus:mad person
    He was driving his car like a nut.
  4. (slang) The head.
    Synonyms: bonce, noodle
  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. (musical instruments, 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, UK, 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.
    Synonyms: ball, bollock, nads
    I kicked him in the nuts.
  12. (vulgar, slang, uncountable) Semen, ejaculate.
  13. (vulgar, slang, countable) Orgasm (male), ejaculation, release of semen
    He just needs a good nut to make him feel better.
  14. (colloquial) An extreme enthusiast.
    a fashion nut
    a gun nut
    a sailing nut
  15. (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.
  16. (poker, only in attributive use) The best possible hand of a certain type, for instance: "nut straight", "nut flush", and "nut full house". Compare nuts.
    nut straight = the best possible straight available (it can't be beat by any other straight, though it can still be beat by a better non-straight hand)
    nut flush = the best possible flush available
    nut full house = the best possible full house available
  17. The tumbler of a gunlock.
  18. (nautical) A projection on each side of the shank of an anchor, to secure the stock in place.
  • French: fruit sec, noix (literally ‘walnut’ but often used generically)
  • German: Nuss
  • Italian: noce
  • Portuguese: noz
  • Russian: оре́х
  • Spanish: nuez
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nut (nuts, present participle nutting; past and past participle nutted)

  1. (mostly in the form "nutting") To gather nuts.
  2. (UK, transitive, slang) To hit deliberately with the head; to headbutt.
  3. (slang, mildly, vulgar) To ejaculate.
Synonyms Interjection
  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.

Proper noun
  1. (UK) Initialism of National Union of Teachers

Proper noun
  1. (Egyptian mythology) The goddess who serves as the personification of the sky.

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