(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. kernel, stone, nutmeat; seed, core; slang, eccentric, crank, crackpot (sl.), kook (sl.). See food, insanity.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A dry fruit]
Syn. seed, kernel, stone, achene, caryopsis, utricle; see also fruit 1 .
Common nuts include: peanut, acorn, beechnut, hazelnut, black walnut, English walnut, almond, nutmeg, pecan, filbert, coconut, pistachio, cashew, hognut, chestnut, water chestnut, butternut, kola; hickory, swamp hickory, pine, Brazil, macadamia, groundnut, ginkgo, quandong, betel nut.
2. [A threaded metal block]
Syn. bur, lock nut, cap, ratchet nut, bolt nut, screw nut, jam nut; see also bolt 1 .
3. [*An eccentric or insane person]
Syn. eccentric, fanatic, maniac; see zealot .
4. [*The head]
Syn. crown, skull, brain; see cranium , head 1 .
hard ( or [m1]tough) nut to crack,
Syn. problem, responsibility, burden; see difficulty 1 , 2 .
off one's nut*,
Syn. silly, crazy, eccentric; see insane 1 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. seed kernel, fruit, peanut, *goober, acorn, chestnut, hazelnut, walnut, pinon, Brazil nut, almond, beechnut, pecan, filbert, cashew, pistachio, butternut, coconut, hickory nut.
2. fanatic buff, *freak, enthusiast, fan, aficionado, devotee, zealot.
3. eccentric *kook, *flake, *butterfly case, *weirdo, *foulball, *loon, *nutter, *crackpot, mental case, *screwball, *ding-a-ling. seeeccentric
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. Slang. A person regarded as strange, eccentric, or crazy: crackpot, crazy, eccentric, lunatic. Informal: crank, loon, loony. Slang: cuckoo, ding-a-ling, dingbat, kook, screwball, weirdie, weirdo. See WISE. 2. Slang. A person who is ardently devoted to a particular subject or activity: bug, devotee, enthusiast, fanatic, maniac, zealot. Informal: buff2, fan2, fiend. Slang: freak. See CONCERN. 3. Slang. The uppermost part of the body: head, noddle, pate, poll. Slang: bean, block, conk, dome, noggin, noodle. See BODY.

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