Green’s Dictionary of Slang

nuts n.2

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

1. [mid-19C+] the testicles.

2. [20C+] (US black) the female genitals.

3. [1930s] female sexual desire.

4. [1970s+] (US) manly courage.

In compounds

nutbuster (n.) (US)

1. [1940s] a mechanic or machinist.

2. [1970s+] an insoluble difficulty, the last straw; also attrib.

nut-butter (n.) [butter n.1 (1)] [1990s+]

1. semen.

2. (US black) an enthusiastic and skilful fellatrix.

nut-chokers (n.)

[1960s+] male underwear.

nutcracker (n.)

see separate entry.


see separate entries.

nut-nuzzler (n.)

[1970s+] (US gay) a homosexual.

nut-nuzzling (adj.) [nut-nuzzler ]

[1970s+] (US gay) homosexual.

nutsack (n.) (also nutbag) [sack n. (1c)]

1. [1970s+] (US) the scrotum.

2. [1990s+] (US) a derog. description.

nutshot (n.) [shot n.2 (7)]

[2000s] (US) a blow to the testicles.

In phrases

bust someone’s nuts (v.)

to berate, to nag.

crack one’s nuts (v.)

[1940s+] (US) of a man, to achieve orgasm.

get one’s nuts in an uproar (v.)

[1980s+] (US) to lose emotional control.

get one’s nuts rattled (v.)

[1950s] (US) of a man, to have sexual intercourse.

give one’s left nut (v.) (also ...left leg, ...right nut)

[1950s+] (US) to yearn for, to desire.

have fat nuts (v.)

[1980s+] (US black) to use violence, to be a violent person.

have someone’s nuts in a knot (v.) (also have someone’s dick in a knot)

[1960s] (US) usu. of a woman, to have someone completely under one’s control.

have someone’s nuts in a sling (v.)

see under sling n.2

knock one’s nuts out (v.)

[1960s+] (US) to make an overwhelming impression, to have a notable effect.

pop one’s nuts (v.) (also pop off)

[1940s+] (orig. US) to achieve orgasm, usu. male; thus by ext. to feel exhilarated (cf. pop a nut under nut n.3 ).

run one’s nuts off (v.)

[1960s–70s] to move at high speed, esp. in the context of searching.

scare the nuts off (v.)

[1970s+] to terrify.

work one’s nuts off (v.)

[1960s+] to work very hard.

In exclamations

Gawd pickle me nuts!

[2000s] (N.Z.) an excl. of surprise.