Definition of nutty in English:


Syllabification: nut·ty
Pronunciation: /ˈnətē

adjective (nuttier, nuttiest)

  • 1Tasting like nuts: wild rice has a very nutty flavor
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    • Simply grind in a coffee grinder or high-powered blender 3 measures of linseed, two measures of sunflower seeds and one measure of almonds to make a delicious nutty tasting powder.
    • For appetizers, I recommend the arugala salad for those who enjoy the distinctly nutty flavour of this salad green.
    • We sampled the plump, satisfying pork pot-stickers as well as the shrimp balls on cloud ear mushrooms, which combined a distinctly nutty flavour with the sweet pink puffs of shrimp.
  • 1.1Containing a lot of nuts: a nutty vegetable bake
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    • The methi pulav turned out pretty good - very nutty and chewy.
    • This is a thick, nutty curry of chicken with cashew nuts, grated coconut, garlic cloves, fresh ginger, coriander, onions & green chillies.
    • Savoury Nut Burgers - Moist and nutty inside, crispy and well browned outside, these tempting burgers will be just as popular with non-vegetarians.
  • 2 informal Peculiar; insane: he came up with a few nutty proposals
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    • There is no tangible search for solutions and little real, positive innovation or creativity; merely the recycling of outdated ideas, baseless gossip and nutty proposals.
    • Out there on the radical fringe, Lester knows he's unlikely to persuade the U.S. Congress to adopt his nutty proposals
    • I have no doubt that the advice you have received from economists and tax experts has told you why your proposal is nutty.


be nutty about

informal Like very much: he is nutty about boats
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  • Why are we so nutty about The Nutcracker?
  • Mills said he was always ‘nutty about boats - anything that floated.’

(as) nutty as a fruitcake

informal Completely insane.
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  • Debbie, the youngest daughter of drunkard Frank Smith, is as nutty as a fruitcake and totally unpredictable - a bit like the rest of the Smith clan.
  • Only 16.7 percent of them are non compos mentis, or, in football terms, nutty as a fruitcake.
  • He was a man who was a wise as a venerable oak to some and as nutty as a fruitcake to others.



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  • Like the old aristocracy, some of them are debauched, and some of them have merely achieved the state of nuttiness it took Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria's family a millennium of in-breeding to master.
  • On the gallows Bury confirmed his reputation for sneering nuttiness by saying to the hangman: ‘I suppose you think you are clever to hang me.’
  • To Web surfers, he came off as a quick-witted scribe who kept readers amused with tales of high-altitude nuttiness.

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