Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A prostrate southern Brazilian plant (Arachis hypogaea) widely cultivated in tropical and warm temperate regions, having yellow flowers on stalks that bend over so that the seed pods ripen underground.
  • noun The edible, nutlike, oily seed of this plant, used for food and as a source of oil.
  • noun A peanut-shaped piece of polystyrene, used in cushioning items during shipment.
  • noun A small child. Often used as a term of affection.
  • noun A person who is regarded as insignificant.
  • noun Informal A very small amount of money; a trifling sum.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One of the edible fruits of Arachis hypogæn.
  • noun The plant that bears these fruits, better known in England as groundnut. See Arachis. Also called ground-pea, earthnut, Manila nut, jur-nut, goober, and pindar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) The fruit of a trailing leguminous plant (Arachis hypogæa); also, the plant itself, which is widely cultivated for its fruit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A legume resembling a nut, the fruit of the plant Arachis hypogaea.
  • verb transitive To pull on somebody's tie as a prank, causing the knot to tighten.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun pod of the peanut vine containing usually 2 nuts or seeds; `groundnut' and `monkey nut' are British terms
  • noun widely cultivated American plant cultivated in tropical and warm regions; showy yellow flowers on stalks that bend over to the soil so that seed pods ripen underground
  • noun a young child who is small for his age
  • noun underground pod of the peanut vine
  • adjective of little importance or influence or power; of minor status

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Originally called ground nut (akin to Icelandic jarðhneta, German Erdenuss and Hungarian földimogyoró) and ground pea, resulting in peanut.

Examples

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  • For an interesting (well, sorta) conversation about peanuts, see the comments on pomegranate's excellent list, here.

    January 8, 2008

  • Peanuts are used in the production of dynamite.

    May 7, 2008

  • I especially enjoy buying raw green peanuts and boiling them in brine. Hot boiled P-nuts are sold on roadsides in my state (FL).

    August 27, 2009

  • "Speaking on SEN radio this morning, Clarkson addressed the scenes following Hawthorn's 17-point loss to Essendon, in which Hawk onballer Brad Sewell was knocked out by Bomber captain Matthew Lloyd.

    'I'm a bit of a peanut that I am so passionate about my footy, I suppose,' the Hawk mentor said."

    - Will Brodie, Clarkson says his "blood boiled", realfooty.com.au, 31 August 2009.

    August 31, 2009