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(1)   A small (usually square or hexagonal) metal block with internal screw thread to be fitted onto a bolt
(2)   One of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens
"She kicked him in the balls and got away"
(3)   Egyptian goddess of the sky
(4)   Someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction
"A golf addict"
"A car nut"
"A bodybuilding freak"
"A news junkie"
(5)   A whimsically eccentric person
(6)   Usually large hard-shelled seed
(7)   Half the width of an em


(8)   Gather nuts


From < . Cognate with Latin , Dutch , Old High German (German ), Old Norse (Danish , Icelandic , , Swedish ) and West Frisian .


  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. A crazy person.
  4. The head.
  5. A testicle.
  6. The amount of money necessary to set up some venture; set-up costs.
    • 1971, Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Harper Perennial (2005), page 11:
      My attorney was waiting in a bar around the corner. “This won't make the nut,” he said, “unless we have unlimited credit.”
  7. 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. 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.
  9. En, a unit of measurement equal to half of the height of the type in use.
  10. An extreme enthusiast, such as a gun nut or car nut.


loony, nutbag, nutcase, nutter bonce, noodle (See further synonyms under head) ball, bollock (taboo slang), nads

Related terms


  1. To hit deliberately with the head; to headbutt.
  2. To ejaculate (semen).