peanut

[pee-nuht, -nuht]
noun
1.
the pod or the enclosed edible seed of the plant, Arachis hypogaea, of the legume family: the pod is forced underground in growing, where it ripens.
2.
the plant itself.
3.
any small or insignificant person or thing.
4.
peanuts.
a.
Informal. a very small amount of money: working for peanuts.
b.
Slang. barbiturates.
c.
small pieces of Styrofoam used as a packing material.
adjective
5.
of or pertaining to the peanut or peanuts.
6.
made with or from peanuts.
7.
Informal. small, insignificant, or petty.

Origin:
1790–1800, Americanism; pea1 + nut

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To peanut
Collins
World English Dictionary
peanut (ˈpiːˌnʌt)
 
n
See also peanuts
 a.  See also hog peanut a leguminous plant, Arachis hypogaea, of tropical America: widely cultivated for its edible seeds. The seed pods are forced underground where they ripen
 b.  goober, goober pea, groundnut, Also called: monkey nut the edible nutlike seed of this plant, used for food and as a source of oil

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

peanut
1807, earlier ground nut, ground pea (1769). The plant is native to S.America. Portuguese traders took peanuts from Brazil and Peru to Africa by 1502 and it is known to have been cultivated in Chekiang Province in China by 1573, probably arriving with Port. sailors who made stops in Brazil en route to
the Orient. Peanut butter is first attested 1903. Peanut gallery "topmost rows of a theater" is from 1888; peanuts "trivial sum" is from 1934.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Nutritionists must alter diets whenever an otter isn't eating his biscuits or
  an armadillo has a peanut allergy.
Here he's got two slabs of camp-made bread slathered with peanut butter and
  pancake syrup.
In the chimp study, tubes of peanut butter and frozen juice bars were used.
There are patents on making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Image for peanut
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature