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[nuht-ee] /ˈnʌt i/
adjective, nuttier, nuttiest.
abounding in or producing nuts.
nutlike, especially in flavor.
  1. silly or ridiculous:
    a nutty suggestion.
  2. eccentric; queer.
  3. insane.
  4. very or excessively interested, excited, or the like:
    He's nutty about Mexican food.
full of flavor or zest; lively; stimulating; meaty:
He offered several rich, nutty ideas on the subject.
Origin of nutty
1655-65; nut + -y1
Related forms
nuttily, adverb
nuttiness, noun Unabridged
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  • It was tender without being mushy-almost velvety-with a lightly nutty flavor.
  • We boiled fresh linguine, nutty with spelt and oat flour, saving a bit of the cooking water.
  • Its distinctive nutty flavor goes extremely well with game and roasts.
  • They found the nutty professor's idea and worked on it.
  • Every generation has some nutty group who claims the end is nigh.
  • Chicken pairs with nutty barley and earthy mushrooms for a hearty one-pan dinner that's made for fall.
  • Its mild, nutty taste and fluffy but chewy texture make it a good foil for spicy foods.
British Dictionary definitions for nutty


adjective -tier, -tiest
containing or abounding in nuts
resembling nuts, esp in taste
a slang word for insane
(informal) foll by over or about. extremely fond (of) or enthusiastic (about)
Derived Forms
nuttily, adverb
nuttiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for nutty

early 15c., "nut-like," from nut + -y (2). Meaning "crazy" is from 1898 (see nuts); earlier "amorous, in love (with)," 1821. Related: Nuttiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for nutty



Crazy; very eccentric; nuts: I was just about nutty, I was so lonely (1898+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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