Green’s Dictionary of Slang

nuts n.2

[SE nut, i.e. the shape; Partridge suggests nut n.1 (1a)]

1. the testicles; cit. a.1704 is a double entendre.

[[UK]N. Ward ‘The Infallible Predictor’ in Writings (1704) 352: Many Inns of Court Squirrels will be seen walking, who cover their Backs with their Tails, and have no other Business there than to crack a penniworth of Nuts].
[UK] ‘The Rare Old Root’ in Cuckold’s Nest 9: It’s out of town when its head hangs down, / And its nuts wibble-wabble about.
[UK] ‘Bear-Ass Ride’ in Rakish Rhymer (1917) 151: Hard p—ks, sore nuts, among the male spectators, / She stands on her head and cuts so many capers.
[US] joke cited in G. Legman Rationale of the Dirty Joke (1972) I 338: My beau and I were so close together last night you couldn’t tell which one of us the nuts were fastened to!
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 450: zoe: How’s the nuts? bloom: Off side. Curiously they are on the right. Heavier I suppose. One in a million my tailor, Mesias, says.
[US]L. Bogan ‘Shave ’Em Dry’ in Oliver Screening the Blues (1968) 231: Now your nuts hang down like a damn bell-clapper, / And your stick stands up like a steeple.
[US]R. Chandler Little Sister 173: What makes you Bay City cops so tough? [...] You pickle your nuts in saltwater or something?
[US]C. Himes Crazy Kill 129: Now I’m going to cut out his nuts.
[US]H.S. Thompson letter 29 Jan. in Proud Highway (1997) 436: It’s the tension of life that keeps the light in a man’s eyes, and keeps the foam in his nuts.
[Aus]K. Gilbert Living Black 242: I wheeled my body around and kicked him in the nuts.
[US]C. Hiaasen Tourist Season (1987) 218: You shut up [...] or I’ll nail your nuts to your nose.
[US]Snoop Doggy Dogg ‘What’s My Name?’ [lyrics] Tic toc never the glock just some nuts and a cock.
[US]C. Hiaasen Nature Girl 41: He’s damn lucky she didn’t crack his skull instead of his nuts.
[SA]Sun. Times (S.Afr.) Lifestyle 27 Jan. 10: Another guy tried to rape me and I got him in the nuts and hit him in the face.
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 55: I could knee you in the nuts.
[Aus]N. Cummins Tales of the Honey Badger [ebook] [I] would have torn off my left nut to get a spoonful.
[US]D. Winslow The Force [ebook] Malone has watched the detective repeatedly kick a heavy bag right where the nuts would be and it made his own package shrivel.

2. (US black) the female genitals.

[[UK]T. Buckley ‘Libel of Oxford’ in May & Bryson Verse Libel 310: On hasell hange the browner sort / Of nuttes who tast do some delight; / The kernell tastes as sweet and shortg / As does the filbeard fayre and white].
[US]‘Mae West in “The Hip Flipper”’ [comic strip] in B. Adelman Tijuana Bibles (1997) 94: The poor girl’s nuts were on fire.

3. female sexual desire.

[US] ‘When Mother Was a Girl’ [comic strip] in B. Adelman Tijuana Bibles (1997) 59: Some john Sap who stroked your snatch, fondled your can and [...] got your nuts generally overheated.

4. (US) manly courage.

[US]Jackson & Christian Death Row xvii: To have nuts means to have courage or be brave.
[US](con. 1967) E. Spencer Welcome to Vietnam (1989) 78: Ol’s Killer does not like to patrol, however. He loses his nuts somewhere outside the wire.
[US]Hip-Hop Connection Jan./Feb. 47: Have a little courage, have a little nuts.
[US]UGK ‘Underground Kingz’ [lyrics] Honor respect, valor and nuts.
[US]G. Pelecanos (con. 1972) What It Was 123: Jones has a big set of nuts and he gives a good fuck about exactly nothin.

In compounds

nutbuster (n.) (US)

1. a mechanic or machinist.

Dunlap ‘GI Lingo’ in AS XX:2 148/1: Nut buster. Mechanic.

2. an insoluble difficulty, the last straw; also attrib.

[US]M. Braly False Starts 158: And latent homosexuality is one of those impossible charges to defend against, like the nutbusters Joe McCarthy was beginning to invent.
H. Crews Blood and Grits 62: The final nut buster is that there are men who have every reason to know about such things who think we did not need to go onto the North Slope to start with .
J. Bosco Blood Will Tell 120: It’s a nutbuster case that everybody’s struggling with and doing the best they can.
J. Girdner Murder Most Mellow [ebook] If she was murdered, it’ll be a nutbuster of a story.
nutcracker (n.)

see separate entry.

nutcut/cutter

see separate entries.

nut-nuzzler (n.)

(US gay) a homosexual.

[US]F. Hilaire Thanatos 118: Look . . . the fucking nut-nuzzler’s crying.
nutsack (n.) (also nutbag) [sack n. (1c)]

1. (US) the scrotum.

[US]F. Hilaire Thanatos 260: I’m drove to the nutsack.
[US]UGK ‘Return’ [lyrics] Cause trill niggas don’t carry no sugar in they nutsac / Just big fat balls .
[US]E. Little Another Day in Paradise 201: Nut sack feels like a pillowcase with two raisins in it.
[US]Hip-Hop Connection Dec. 8: There’s plenty of pressure from the record companies to jump on the nutsack of artists who don’t deserve it.
[US]J. Stahl Plainclothes Naked (2002) 109: One wrong move and they were remaking Double Indemnity, with the high crime of White House nutbag blackmail added to murder.
[UK]J. Niven Kill Your Friends (2009) 8: A girl who [...] would have sucked the curdled sweat from a tramp’s dimpled nutbag to obtain a record deal.
[US]C. Hiaasen Star Island (2011) 19: Anybody with an eightball and a nutsack.
[UK](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 61: By the Holy Papa’s sweet, low-swingin nutsack . . . that’s fuckin cosmic.
[US] M. McBride Frank Sinatra in a Blender [ebook] [I] drove my knee into his nut bag for the takedown.
[US]S. King Finders Keepers (2016) 207: Can I be honest? You’re too jail-bit for guns. Probably shoot yourself in the nutsack.
[Aus]N. Cummins Tales of the Honey Badger [ebook] [T]hat little bastard [...] went straight at the big prick’s nutsack and ripped his knackers clean off.

2. (US) a derog. description.

[US](con. 1998–2000) J. Lerner You Got Nothing Coming 8: If you have any more stupid fucking questions, why don’t you ask your little nutsack New York lawyer?
[US]Mad mag. Jan. 24: Every wack job, nimrod and nut sack slithered out of the woodwork.
nutshot (n.) [shot n.2 (7)]

(US) a blow to the testicles.

[US]C. Cook Robbers (2001) 59: After the nutshot, the second one, him still doubled up on the floor.

In phrases

bust someone’s nuts (v.)

to berate, to nag.

C.K. Laurence Quarterback’s Demons n.p.: Coach busted my nuts about coming here in the first place.
[UK]I. Welsh Decent Ride 216: He’s opted to sit in the car and be miserable [...] I guess that sweet lil’ Ms Occupy must be bustin’ his nuts.
crack one’s nuts (v.)

(US) of a man, to achieve orgasm.

[US] in E. Cray Erotic Muse (1992) 345: Now there is a girl named Pearl. / She cracks so many nuts they call her ‘Squirrel’.
[US]Chili Peeler ‘Sordid Conception’ [Internet] He swore her pussy was the first and the only one that he’d cracked his nuts in.
[US]Magic Mark ‘Multicock Fratbrats’ [Internet] ‘Aw fuuuck,’ they heard Sean suddenly splutter through a massive pool of Billy’s steaming mess as the boy cracked his nuts and humped and creamed over the kid’s lips and chin.
get one’s nuts in an uproar (v.)

(US) to lose emotional control.

R. Jervis Meaning Nuclear Revolution 148: LeMay was not helpful when Herken pressed him on what would constitute unambiguous warning: academics should ‘not get their nuts in an uproar over that’.
[US]S. Morgan Homeboy 45: Dont getcher fuzzy red nuts in an uproar.
C. Rosen Cockroach Baseball League 30: Don’t get your nuts in an uproar. I’m asking you this as a Stars fan, not as your boss.
E. Newbury Old Spies Tales [ebook] Calm down [...] don’t get your nuts in an uproar.
get one’s nuts off (v.) [get off v.2 (2)]

1. (orig. US black) to achieve orgasm, poss. through masturbation (cf. get a nut under nut n.3 ).

[US] in R.G. Holt More Little Dirty Comics (1971) n.p.: I thought you might want to get your nuts off [HDAS].
[US]Southern & Hoffenberg Candy (1970) 98: Wha’cha doin’, Mac — gittin’ yer nuts off?
[US]C. Brown Manchild in the Promised Land (1969) 172: When I’d gotten my nuts off about six times, we got hungry.
[US]San Diego Sailor 9: I knew my nuts would be sore for a week if I didn’t get them off.
[Can](con. 1920s) O.D. Brooks Legs 140: I think he got his nuts off using his sap on hobos.
[US](con. 1985–90) P. Bourjois In Search of Respect 210: I used to get my nuts off watching that shit there [i.e the defloration of a virgin].
[US]N. Green Angel of Montague Street (2004) 32: You’re better off going to a whorehouse, [...] get your nut off and walk away.

2. to excite.

[US]C. Goffard Snitch Jacket 31: Terrorizing shitbirds gets my nuts off.
get one’s nuts rattled (v.)

(US) of a man, to have sexual intercourse.

[US]L.F. Cooley Run For Home (1959) 94: ‘You guys get yer nuts rattled?’ He wet his ugly lip in eager anticipation.
give one’s left nut (v.) (also ...left leg, ...right nut)

(US) to yearn for, to desire.

[US]T. Heggen Mister Roberts 43: You have something a million guys would give their left leg to have.
[US](con. 1950) E. Frankel Band of Brothers 234: I’d give my left nut to have a million-dollar wound like you got.
[US]D. Ponicsan Last Detail 173: I’d give my right nut to sit in on your court-martial.
[UK]J. Mowry Way Past Cool 82: Lotta hungry kids give they left nuts to be your size.
have fat nuts (v.)

(US black) to use violence, to be a violent person.

[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 49: Fat Nuts An inmate is referred to as having fat nuts when he uses force or intimidation on other inmates.
have someone’s nuts in a knot (v.) (also have someone’s dick in a knot)

(US) usu. of a woman, to have someone completely under one’s control.

[US] in T.I. Rubin Sweet Daddy 15: The old man must have known [i.e. of her adulteries], but like I said, she had his nuts in a knot.
[US]C. Hiaasen Double Whammy (1990) 45: A very hot number [...] Don’t tell me she’s already got your dick in a knot.
have someone’s nuts in a sling (v.)

see under sling n.2

knock one’s nuts out (v.)

(US) to make an overwhelming impression, to have a notable effect.

[US]C. Cooper Jr Scene (1996) 8: I got a bomb to knock your nuts out.
pop one’s nuts (v.) (also pop off)

(orig. US) to achieve orgasm, usu. male; thus by ext. to feel exhilarated (cf. pop a nut under nut n.3 ).

[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 162/1–2: Pop off, v. [...] Pop one’s nuts. To have a sexual orgasm; to be so exhilarated by anything.
[US]T.I. Rubin In the Life 46: Let them pop their nuts with some other chick.
run one’s nuts off (v.)

to move at high speed, esp. in the context of searching.

[US]P. Conroy Great Santini (1977) 422: We’ll just shoot it and run our nuts off.
scare the nuts off (v.)

to terrify.

[US]E. Thompson Garden of Sand (1981) 434: She and me been in scrapes that would scare the nuts off a brass monkey.
work one’s nuts off (v.)

to work very hard.

[US] in T.I. Rubin Sweet Daddy 14: My old man [...] worked his nuts off and forked every bean of it over to the old lady.

In exclamations