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definition of the word nut

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From Middle English nute < Old English hnutu. Cognate with Latin nux, Dutch noot, German Nuss, Old Icelandic hnot (Icelandic hneta, hnot) and Spanish nuez.

Singular
nut

Plural
nuts

nut (plural nuts)

  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. (informal) An insane person.
  4. (slang) The head.
  5. (vulgarity, slang, rarely used in the singular) A testicle.
  6. (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. (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. (music) 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.


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