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nut +‎ -y


  • IPA(key): /ˈnʌti/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌti


nutty (comparative nuttier, superlative nuttiest)

  1. Containing nuts.
    This is a nutty chocolate bar.
  2. Resembling or characteristic of nuts.
    • 1997, Mary Jo Plutt, Prevention's Stop Dieting and Lose Weight Cookbook, Rodale, →ISBN, p. 210:
      Brown rice has had only its outer hull removed, leaving it with a beige color and a a pleasantly nutty flavor.
  3. (slang) Barmy, crazy, mad.
    Your wife is as nutty as a fruitcake.
  4. (Britain, dated) Extravagantly fashionable
    • 1932, Frank Richards, "The Complete Outsider", The Magnet
      Skinner's friendship with his nutty pals seemed to have come to a sudden end.

Usage notes[edit]

In sense “insane”, similar to nuts, but more limited and somewhat milder: nutty means “eccentric, insane”, while “nuts” can mean either “insane” or “enthused, agitated” (“the crowd went nuts”), for which “nutty” is not used: *“the crowd went nutty”.


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