[pee-nuht, -nuh t] /ˈpiˌnʌt, -nət/
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.
the plant itself.
any small or insignificant person or thing.
of or relating to the peanut or peanuts.
made with or from peanuts.
Informal. small, insignificant, or petty.
See also peanuts
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 Portuguese sailors who made stops in Brazil en route to the Orient. Peanut butter attested by 1892; peanut brittle is from 1894. Peanut gallery “topmost rows of a theater” is from 1874, American English; peanuts “trivial sum” is from 1934.
: a peanut operation
A small or trivial person; something insignificant (1934+)
noun 1. a paste made from ground roasted peanuts, used as a spread or in cookery. noun 1. a brownish oily paste made from peanuts
noun 1. Informal. the rearmost and cheapest section of seats in the balcony or the uppermost balcony of a theater. 2. Slang. a source of insignificant criticism: No remarks from the peanut gallery! noun phrase
noun, North Midland U.S. 1. (def 1).
noun 1. a yellow to greenish oil expressed or extracted from peanuts, used in cookery, as a vehicle for medicines, and in the manufacture of margarine and soap. noun 1. oil that is made from peanut seeds and used for cooking, in soaps, and in pharmaceutical products