nertz

nerts

[nurts]
interjection Older Slang.
nuts ( def 1 ).
Also, nertz.


Origin:
1930–35; by alteration

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nuts

[nuhts] Slang.
interjection
1.
Also, nerts, nertz. (used to express disgust, defiance, disapproval, despair).
adjective
2.
insane; crazy.
Idioms
3.
be nuts about,
a.
to be extremely or excessively enthusiastic about; be fervent in one's admiration of: Both of them are nuts about chamber music.
b.
to be deeply in love with: He's nuts about his new girlfriend.

Origin:
1900–05; plural of nut

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nuts (nʌts)
 
adj (foll by about or on)
1.  a slang word for insane
2.  slang extremely fond (of) or enthusiastic (about)
 
interj
3.  slang an expression of disappointment, contempt, refusal, or defiance
 
pl n
4.  See testicle a slang word for testicles

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nertz
1932, originally Amer.Eng. university slang, colloquial or euphemistic pronunciation of nuts.

nuts
"crazy," 1846, from earlier be nutts upon "be very fond of" (1785), which is possibly from nuts (n., pl.) "any source of pleasure" (1617), from nut (q.v.). Sense influenced probably by metaphoric application of nut to "head" (1846, e.g. to be off one's nut "be insane," 1860). Nut "crazy person, crank"
is attested from 1903, (British form nutter first attested 1958). Connection with the slang "testicle" sense has tended to nudge it toward taboo. "On the N.B.C. network, it is forbidden to call any character a nut; you have to call him a screwball." ["New Yorker," Dec. 23, 1950] "Please eliminate the expression 'nuts to you' from Egbert's speech." [Request from the Hays Office regarding the script of "The Bank Dick," 1940] This desire for avoidance accounts for the euphemism nerts (c.1925). Nutty "crazy" is first attested 1898.
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Nuts definition


were among the presents Jacob sent into Egypt for the purpose of conciliating Joseph (Gen. 43:11). This was the fruit of the pistachio tree, which resembles the sumac. It is of the size of an olive. In Cant. 6:11 a different Hebrew word ('egoz), which means "walnuts," is used.

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