interjection, Older Slang.
[nuhts] /nʌts/ Slang.
Also, nerts, nertz. (used to express disgust, defiance, disapproval, despair).
be nuts about,
a slang word for insane
(slang) foll by about or on. extremely fond (of) or enthusiastic (about)
(slang) an expression of disappointment, contempt, refusal, or defiance
a slang word for testicles See testicle
1932, originally American English college slang, colloquial or euphemistic pronunciation of nuts as a slang retort of defiance or dismissal (1931).
“crazy,” 1846, from earlier be nutts upon “be very fond of” (1785), which is possibly from nuts (plural noun) “any source of pleasure” (1610s), from nut (q.v.). Sense influenced probably by metaphoric application of nut to “head” (1846, e.g. to be off one’s nut “be insane,” 1860). Nuts as a derisive retort is attested from 1931.
Connection with the slang “testicle” sense has tended to nudge it toward taboo. “On the N.B.C. network, it is forbidden to call any character a nut; you have to call him a screwball.” [“New Yorker,” Dec. 23, 1950] “Please eliminate the expression ‘nuts to you’ from Egbert’s speech.” [Request from the Hays Office regarding the script of “The Bank Dick,” 1940] This desire for avoidance accounts for the euphemism nerts (c.1925).
Crazy; very eccentric; bughouse, meshuga: Are you nuts to turn your back on a deal that could mean life or death?/ Heir Rejected 400G, Is He Nuts? ( first form 1914+, second 1932+)
An exclamation of disbelief, defiance, contempt, dismay, etc: General McAuliffe replied ”Nuts!” to the Germans at Bastogne (1931+)
bust one’s ass, the cat’s meow, get one’s nuts, hot rocks, numb-nuts
The very best; the GREATEST: eulogizing anything as ”the nuts”
the cat’s meow
[first form 1932+, second 1934+; probably a shortening of the cat’s nuts]
were among the presents Jacob sent into Egypt for the purpose of conciliating Joseph (Gen. 43:11). This was the fruit of the pistachio tree, which resembles the sumac. It is of the size of an olive. In Cant. 6:11 a different Hebrew word (‘egoz), which means “walnuts,” is used.
[ne-roo-th ah; English nuh-roo-duh] /nɛˈru ðɑ; English nəˈru də/ noun 1. Pablo [pah-vlaw;; English pah-bloh] /ˈpɑ vlɔ;; English ˈpɑ bloʊ/ (Show IPA), (Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto) 1904–73, Chilean poet and diplomat: Nobel Prize in literature 1971. /Spanish neˈruða/ noun 1. Pablo (ˈpaβlo), real name Neftali Ricardo Reyes. 1904–73, Chilean poet. His works include Veinte poemas […]
[nur-vuh] /ˈnɜr və/ noun 1. Marcus Cocceius [kok-see-yuh s] /kɒkˈsi yəs/ (Show IPA), a.d. 32?–98, emperor of Rome 96–98. /ˈnɜːvə/ noun 1. full name Marcus Cocceius Nerva. ?30–98 ad, Roman emperor (96–98), who introduced some degree of freedom after the repressive reign of Domitian. He adopted Trajan as his son and successor
[nur-vuh l] /ˈnɜr vəl/ adjective 1. . [ner-val] /nɛrˈval/ noun 1. Gérard de [zhey-rar duh] /ʒeɪˈrar də/ (Show IPA), (Gérard Labrunie) 1808–55, French writer. /French nɛrval/ noun 1. Gérard de (ʒerar də), real name Gérard Labrunie. 1808–55, French poet, noted esp for the sonnets of mysticism, myth, and private passion in Les Chimères (1854)
[nur-veyt] /ˈnɜr veɪt/ adjective, Botany. 1. (of leaves) having veins. /ˈnɜːveɪt/ adjective 1. (of leaves) having veins