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[nuht-ee] /ˈnʌt i/

adjective, nuttier, nuttiest.
abounding in or producing nuts.
nutlike, especially in flavor.

full of flavor or zest; lively; stimulating; meaty:
He offered several rich, nutty ideas on the subject.
adjective -tier, -tiest
containing or abounding in nuts
resembling nuts, esp in taste
a slang word for insane
(informal) foll by over or about. extremely fond (of) or enthusiastic (about)

early 15c., “nut-like,” from nut + -y (2). Meaning “crazy” is from 1898 (see nuts); earlier “amorous, in love (with),” 1821. Related: Nuttiness.


Crazy; very eccentric; nuts: I was just about nutty, I was so lonely (1898+)

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