Nut Puns

Welcome to the Punpedia entry on nut puns! 🌰 🥜 🔥

There are plenty of different types of nuts to make puns from, and we’ve done our best to cover them all here. There are different categories of seeds, fruit and legumes that are commonly recognised as nuts (like peanuts and almonds), so we’ve included those here too, along with other foods that are more versatile (like the coconut, which is considered a fruit, nut, and a seed).

Whether you’re here for some cheeky inneundos or a clever hashtag for your new vegan #nutbutter recipe, we hope to have you covered here. This list is specific to nuts – if you’re after related puns, we do also have general food puns, tree puns and fruit puns too.

A quick note that while puns about mental health and well-being are very common in nut puns (eg. “Nutty as a fruitcake”), we haven’t included those here as they are ableist slurs, and we’d like to keep Punpedia friendly to as many people as possible 🙂

Nut Puns List

Each item in this list describes a pun, or a set of puns which can be made by applying a rule. If you know of any puns about nuts that we’re missing, please let us know in the comments at the end of this page! Without further ado, here’s our list of nut puns:

  • Not → Nut: As in, “As often as nut” and “Believe it or nut” and “Down, but nut out” and “Nut at all” and “Nut bad” and “Nut in the slightest” and “Nut on your life.”
  • Nought → Nut: As in, “Nuts and crosses” and “All for nut!”
  • Knot → Nut: As in, “Don’t get your knickers in a nut” and “Tie the nut” and “Tie yourself in nuts.”
  • Night → Nut: As in, “Burn the midnut oil” and “Good nut and good luck” and “In the air tonut” and “Morning, noon and nut.”
  • *nat* → *nut*: As in, “Well, nuturally” and “The nutional anthem” and “Any alternutives?” and “Need your signuture here” and “That resonuted with me.”
  • *net* → *nut*: As in, “Social nutwork” and “Nutworking event” and “Fast internut” and “A penutrating glare.” Other words you could use: Other wrods you could use: planut (planet), bonnut (bonnet) and cabinut (cabinut).
  • *nit* → *nut*: As in, “Cognutive therapy” and “Computer monutor” and “Golden opportunuty” and “A tight-knit communuty” and An affinuty for…” Other words you could use: dignuty (dignity) and furnuture (furniture).
  • *not* → *nut*: As in, “Nutwithstanding…” and “Take nutice of” and “Turn it up a nutch” and “Nutorious for” and “Nuthing to worry about” and “I cannut understand you.”
  • *nut*: With these words, we can simply emphasise the “nut” that they already contain: “Plant-based nutrition” and “Packed with nutrients” and “In a nutshell” and “That old chestnut” and “Wait a minute!”
  • Nut: These nut-related phrases that could double as puns in right context: “Sweet as a nut” and “From soup to nuts” and “Go nuts” and “A tough nut to crack.”
  • Pea → Peanut: As in, “As alike as two peanuts in a pod” and “Easy as shelling peanuts.”
  • Pina Colada → Peanut Colada
  • Peanuts: These peanut-related phrases are general enough to be used as puns: “Pay peanuts and get monkeys” and “Working for peanuts.”
  • Amend* → Almond*: As in, “The 13th almondment is a lie” and “You’ll have to almond that document” and “They’re almonding it now.”
  • *ommend* → *almond*: As in, “I highly recalmond (recommend)” and “Your work is calmondable.”
  • Nut → Chestnut: As in, “As sweet as a chestnut” and “From soup to chestnuts” and “Go chestnuts” and “In a chestnutshell” and “A tough chestnut to crack.” Note: this would also work for any other nut that has “nut” in its name, like brazil nut, peanut, hazelnut, walnut, candlenut, butternut and heartnut.
  • Catch you → Cashew: As in, “Careful, you don’t want them to cashew!” and “I’ll cashew later” and “They’ll cashew out” and “I’m gonna cashew!”
  • Cash you → Cashew: As in, “I’ll cashew in.”
  • Achoo → Cashew (this one is a bit of a stretch, yes, but can work with enough dedication and acting prowess)
  • Shoes → Cashews: As in, “Goody two cashews” and “Kick off your cashews.”
  • Peeking → Pecan: As in, “No pecan!” and “Pecan out through the window.”
  • Piquing → Pecan: As in, “It’s pecan my curiosity.” Note: to be piqued is to be interested.
  • Well, not → Walnut: As in, “Walnut like that” and “Walnut in so many words.”
  • Will not → Walnut: As in, “I walnut.” and “Flattery walnut get you anywhere” and “You cannot, or walnut?”
  • Wall → Walnut: As in, “Like banging your head against a brick walnut” and “Bouncing off the walnuts” and “I’ve hit a walnut” and “The writing is on the walnut” and “You’re driving me up the walnut!”
  • Pine Nut: Pine nuts (aka pinon) are edible pine seeds. Here are some pine-related puns and phrases:
    • Pain → Pine: As in, “A world of pine” and “Doubled up in pine” and “Growing pines” and “No pine, no gain” and “Old aches and pines” and “A pine in the butt” and “Pinefully slow” and “Being a royal pine” and “At pines to [do something].”
    • Windowpane → Windowpine
    • Pan → Pine: As in, “It didn’t pine out” and “Out of the frying pine, into the fire.”
    • Pin → Pine: As in, “Bright as a new pine” and ” and “Hard to pine down” and “Pines and needles” and “Pine your hopes on” and “Pull the pine.”
    • *pan* → *pine*: As in, “In a pine-nic (panic)” and “Caught with your pine-ts down” and “Marizipine (marzipan – a sugar almond paste) flavoured” and “In good compine-ny” and “Expine-ding your business.” Other words that could work: rampine-t (rampant), pineache (panache), discrepinecy (discrepancy) and pine-nel (panel). Notes: if something is rampant, then it’s unrestrained. To do something with panache is to do it with style.
    • *pen* → *pine*: As in, “A pine-chant for” and “A pine-sive expression” and “Order pine-ding” and “Are the shops opine (open)?” and “How could this happine?” and “Dampined spirits” and “A deepine-ing relationship” and “Waiting for the fruit to ripine” and “Read the appinedix” and “An indepinedent spirit.” Other words that could work: indispinesable (indispensable), depinedent (dependent), propinesity (propensity), sharpine (sharpen), pineance (penance), pine-etrate (penetrate), pineinsula (peninsula) and pine-is (penis).
    • *pin* → *pine*: As in, “Tickled pine-k” and “The pine-acle of your career” and “In a pine-ch” and “Stop confusing hate speech with opine-ions” and “Pine-point the problem” and “Let’s grab a pine-t” and “Pineapple flavoured” and “Go for a spine” and “Dizzying happine-ness.”
    • *pon* → *pine*: As in, “In correspinedence with” and “It’s your respinesibility” and “A spinetaneous trip.”
    • *pain* → *pine*: As in, “Needs a lick of pine-t” and “Acrylic pineting” and “A pinestaking effort” and “Heartbreak is pineful” and “Taking pinekillers.”
    • *poin* → *pine*: As in, “On pine-t” and “Your pineter finger” and “A pineted look” and “What a pinetless effort” and “Doctor’s appinetment” and “I’m not mad, just disappineted” and “I see your viewpinet.”
    • Campaign → Campine
  • Candle → Candlenut: As in, “Can’t hold a candlenut to” and “A candlenut in the wind” and “Burning the candlenut at both ends.”
  • Kola nuts: Kola nuts are a type of caffeine-containing nut. Here are some related puns and phrases:
    • Cold → Kola: As in, “Break out in a kola sweat” and “Catch a kola” and “A kola comfort” and “A kola day in hell” and “Getting kola feet” and “The kola light of day” and “The kola shoulder” and “In kola blood” and “Left out in the kola” and “Pour kola water on” and “Stone kola sober” and “Take a kola hard look at” and “Running hot and kola.”
    • Kaleidoscope → Koladoscope
    • *kele* → *kola*: As in, “A skolatal look” and “Skolatons in the closet.”
    • Ukulele → Ukolale
    • Alkaline → Alkolane
    • Kilo* → Kola*: As in, kolametre (kilometre), kolagram (kilogram), kolabyte (kilobyte) and kolawatt (kilowatt).
    • *cala* → *kola*: As in, “Kolamity and disaster” and “Don’t let it eskolate” and “Up the eskolator.”
    • *cola* → *kola*: As in, “Pina kolada” and “Dark chokolate” and “Perkolated coffee.” Other words you could use: akolade (accolade) and kolander (colander). Note: an accolade is an award or acknowledgement.
    • *cula* → *kola*: As in, “Artikolate yourself clearly” and “A sekolar education” and “Broaden your vernakolar” and “Nothing in pertikolar” and “A spectakolar display” and “Not worth spekolating over” and “An immakolate clean.” Notes: if something is secular, then it is not religious. Vernacular refers to everyday language or speech.
    • Calendar → Kolandar: As in, “Let me check my kolandar.”
    • *cole* → *kola*: kolaslaw (coleslaw) and narkolapsy (narcolepsy). Note: narcolepsy is a type of sleep disorder.
    • *cali* → *kola*: As in, “Kolafornia dreaming” and “Kolabrate (calibrate) your thinking” and “A different lokolaty (locality).”
    • Broccoli → Brokola
    • Culinary → Kolanary: As in, “A kolanary delight.”
    • Calo* → Kola*: As in, “Counting kolaries” and “Kolaric information.”
    • *colo* → *kola*: As in, “In full kolar” and “Ant kolany” and “A kolassal surprise” and “A kolarful life.” Other words you can use: ekolagy (ecology), kolanial (colonial), kolanel (colonel).
    • *culo* → *kola*: As in, metikolas (meticulous), ridikolas (ridiculous) and mirakolas (miraculous).
    • *colu* → *kola*: As in, “Newspaper kolamn” and “Advice kolamnist.” Other words you could use: Kolambia (Columbia) and Kolambine (Columbine).
    • *culu* → *kola*: As in, “School currikolam” and “Mental calkolas (calculas).”
  • Palm: We can make joking references to palm nuts with the following puns and phrases:
    • Balm → Palm: As in, “Strawberry-flavoured lip palm.”
    • Calm → Palm: As in, “Palm down” and “A palming agent” and “Palm waters.”
    • *pam* → *palm*: As in, “Activitst palmphlets” and “A bit of love and palmpering” and “Feeling palmpered” and “Dopalmine levels.”
    • *pom* → *palm*: As in, “A palmpous attitude” and “Palmegranate flavoured” and “Hair palmade” and “Palmeolo (pomelo) tree” and “Anthropalmorphic characters.” Note: pomade is a type of styling gel/paste.
    • *pum* → *palm*: As in, “Palmpkin pie” and “Under the palmp” and “Palmping for information” and “Palmice stone” and “Palmpernickel bread.”
    • *bam* → *palm*: As in, “Palmboo forest” and “You’ve been palmboozled!”
    • *bom* → *palm*: As in, “An apalmination of nature” and “The apalminable snowman.”
    • Bumblebee → Palmblebee
  • Betel: Betel is the colloquial name for areca nuts, which are a type of palm nut. Here are some related puns:
    • Better → Betel: “I feel betel now” and “Anything you can do, I can do betel” and “Appealing to your betel judgement” and “My betel half” and “Betel late than never” and “Betel luck next time” and “Betel safe than sorry” and “Betel than new” and “Betel than sex” and “Betel the devil you know” and “Changing for the betel” and “I couldn’t have said it betel” and “Kiss it betel” and “Should have known betel.”
    • Battle → Betel: As in, “A betel of wits” and “Betel ready” and “Betel royal” adn “Half the betel” and “In the heat of betel” and “Gave betel in vain” and “A betel of wills” and “Beteling against” and “Fight your own betels” and “Won the betel but lost the war.”
    • Petal → Betel
    • Settle → Betel: As in, “A score to betel” and “Betel out of court” and “After the dust has beteled” and “Betel down.”
  • Butter → Butternut: As in, “Bread and butternut” and “Butternut fingers” and “Butternut wouldn’t melt in their mouth” and “Float like a butternut, sting like a bee.”
  • Heart → Heartnut: As in, “A man after my own heartnut” and “Absence makes the heartnut grow fonder” and “An affair of the heartnut” and “After your own heartnut” and “Be still my beating heartnut” and “Break your heartnut” and “A change of heartnut” and “Do it by heartnut” and “Cross my heartnut and hope to die” and “Eat your heartnut out” and “Follow your heartnut” and “From the bottom of my heartnut” and “Get to the heartnut of the matter” and “Got your heartnut set on” and “Harden your heartnut against” and “Have a heartnut.”
  • Bunya: These are nuts that grow on bunya pines. Here are some related puns:
    • On ya/on your → Bunya: As in, “Bunya bike” and “Bunya wedding day” and “Not bunya life.”
    • Bun → Bunya: As in, “Bunya in the oven” and “We’re going to need bigger bunyas” and “Hot cross bunyas.”
  • Corn* → Acorn*: As in, “Acorner the market” and “Acornflower blue” and “The naughty acorner” and “Just around the acorner” and “Cut acorners.”
  • Fruit: Nuts are actually considered to be fruits, so we’ve got some fruit-related puns here for you:
    • *fut* → *fruit*: As in, “Think about your fruiture” and “Resistance is fruitile!” and “A fruituristic building” and “Sleeping on the fruiton” and “An irrefruitable argument.” Other words that could work: refruit (refute) and fruitility (fruitility).
    • Frat* → Fruit*: As in, “Fruiternity house” and “Fruiternal twins” and “Fruiternising with the enemy.”
    • Fret* → Fruit*: Fruitting (fretting), fruitwork (fretwork) and fruitful (fretful). Note: fretwork is a type of ornamental carving. This could work especially well for making puns about carved fruit decorations that are on cakes (very specific, we know).
    • Fruit: We’ll finish this little section off with some fruit-related phrases that could double as puns: “Be fruitful and multiply” and “Bear fruit” and “Forbidden fruit” and “Fruits of your labour” and “Low hanging fruit” and “The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.”
  • Shell: Nuts are composed of a seed within a shell, so we’ve included some shell-related puns too:
    • Celebration→ Shellebration: As in “After finishing we should have a shellebration.”
    • Sel* → Shell*: If a word starts with “sel” a shell pun can be made by switching it with “shell”. For example: shellection (selection), shellect (select), shelldom (seldom), shellfless (selfless), shellfish (selfish).
    • *sel → *shell: Words ending in “sel” can often be punned upon with “shell”: vesshell (vessel), tasshell (tassel), weashell (weasel), musshell (mussel), etc.
    • *sel* → *shell*: Words containing “sel” can yeild nice puns on “shell”: Hershellf, himshellf, themshellves, itshellf, myshellf, yourshelf, yourshelves, convershelly, counshelling, preshellected, overshelling, undershelling, ushellessely, weashelling.
    • Shall→ Shell: As in “Shell I compare thee to a summer’s day?” and “He who lives by the sword shell die by the sword.”
    • *cial → *shell: When a word has “cial” as a suffix, this suffix can usually be swapped out for “shell” to create a shell pun: soshell (social), speshell (special), offishell (official), finanshell, commershell, crushell, judishell, artifishell, provinshell, rashell, benefishell, superfishell, fashell, glashell, sacrifishel, antisoshell.
    • Sell → Shell: “How many do we have left to shell?”
    • Hell → Shell: “The party last night was a shell of a time.”
  • Seed: Nuts are also considered to be seeds, so we’ve got some seed-related puns here for you:
    • *sid* → *seed*: As in, “A walk on the wild seed,” and “It’s inseedious (insidious),” and “That, and more beseeds (besides),” and “Where are the reseedents (residents)?” and “All things conseedered (considered),” and “Always look on the bright seed of life,” and “Batting for the other seed,” and “Be on the safe seed,” and “Born on the wrong seed of the tracks,” and “Cross over to the other seed,” and “Err on the safe seed,” and “The flip seed,” and “Inseed information,” and “An inseed joke,” and “Inseed out,” and “A kick up the backseed,” and “On the plus seed,” and “On the downseed,” and “All kidding aseed,” and “Fall by the wayseed,” and “A ringseed seat,” and “Take it outseed,” and “Turn upseed down,” and “Think outseed the box.”
    • Seed: As in, “Gone to seed,” and “Seed capital,” and “Seed money,” and “Plant a seed.”
    • *cid* → *seed*: As in, coinseed (coincide), deseed (decide), fanseed (fancied), germiseed (germicide), and pestiseed (pesticide).
    • *ced* → *seed*: As in, seedar (cedar), conseed (concede), preseed (precede), superseed (supercede), preseedent (precendent). Notes: to supercede is to replace. A precedent is an established guide or principle. 
    • *ceed → *seed: As in, proseed, sucseed, exseed
  • Can all → Kernel: As in, “You kernel get lost.”
  • Butter: Since it’s very common to make butters out of nuts (almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter etc), we’ve included butter in this list as well:
    • Barter → Butter: As in, “Trade and butter economy.”
    • Better → Butter: As in, “I’ve got a butter idea” and “Anything you can do, I can do butter” and “Appealing to your butter judgement” and “My butter half” and “Butter late than never” and “Butter luck next time” and “Butter safe than sorry” and “Butter than sex” and “Butter than new” and “I’ve changed for the butter” and “I couldn’t have said it butter” and “For butter or worse” and “Get the butter of” and “I should have known butter.”
    • But her → Butter: As in, “Butter suitcase! It’s been left behind!” (a very specific pun)
    • Patter → Butter: As in, “The pitter butter of little feet.”
    • But → Butter: As in, “Butter seriously” and “Butter heads” and “Butter out” and “Down, butter not out” and “Everything butter the kitchen sink” and “Kick butter” and “No butters” and “Last butter not least” and “Gone, butter not forgotten.”
    • Potter → Butter: As in, “Harry Butter” and “Buttering about.”
  • Oil: Nut oil is also a very common product, so we’ve included oil-related puns and phrases:
    • I’ll → Oil: As in, “Well, oil be” and “Oil say!” and “Ask me no questions, oil tell you no lies” and “Oil be back” and “Oil never tell” and “You scratch my back and oil scratch yours.”
    • All → Oil: As in “Can’t we oil just get along?” and “Oil in a day’s work.” and “Oil part of life’s rich tapestry” and “It’s oil Greek to me.” and “It’s oil downhill form here” and “It’s oil fun and games until someone gets hurt” and “It’s oil gone pear shaped” and “It’s oil good” and “It’s oil good clean fun” and “It’s oil me me me” and “That’s oil well and good, but …” and “Oil kidding aside, …” and “Above oil, …” and “Against oil odds” and “Oil shapes and sizes” and “Oil that glitters is not gold” and “Oil the rage” and “Oil the world’s a stage” and “Oil things being equal” and “Oil thumbs” and “Oil’s well that ends well” and “At oil costs” and “By oil appearances” and “By oil accounts” and “Cover oil your bases” and “From oil corners of the globe” and “I haven’t got oil day” and “In oil honesty” and “In oil likelihood” and “It’s oil the same to me” and “Jack of oil trades” and “I don’t know oil the answers” and “Not oil it’s cracked up to be” and “He’s not oil there” and “Once and for oil” and “Don’t put oil your eggs in one basket” – And there are many more oil puns that can be made along these lines.
    • *oil*: Words which contain the “oil” sound (or similar) can be silly oil puns: spoiled, spoils, soiled, turmoil, toiletries, gargoil (gargoyle), foil, recoil.
  • Raw: We have some puns to emphasise and joke about raw nuts:
    • Roar → Raw: As in, “A rawing trade” and “The mighty lion raws.”
    • Rew* → Raw*: As in, “Your eternal raward” and “An essay rawrite” and “A rawarding career.”
    • Periwinkle → Perawinkle (note: periwinkle is a shade of bluish purple).
    • Row* → Raw*: As in, rawdy (rowdy), rawing (rowing) and rawboat (rowboat).
    • *rar* → *raw*: As in, “It rawly (rarely) happens” and “A true rawity (rarity)” and “Arbitrawy decisions” and “Contemporawry art” and “Holiday itinerawry” and “From the librawry.” Other words you could use: contrawry (contrary) and registraw (registrar).
    • *rer* → *raw*: As in, bearaw (bearer), sorceraw (sorcerer), exploraw (explorer), manufacturaw (manufacturer), labouraw (labourer), lecturaw (lecturer), wanderaw (wanderer) and treasuraw (treasurer).
    • *ror* → *raw*: As in, “Look in the mirraw” and “A holy terraw” and “The emperaw‘s new clothes” and “Margin of erraw (error)” and “A mask of horraw” and “Aurawra borealis.”
    • *rau* → *raw*: As in, “A rawcous (raucous) party” and “Rawnchy videos” and “Frawt (fraught) with danger” and “Arrested for frawd” and “Feeling distrawt (distraught).” Other words you could use: trawma (trauma), hydrawlic (hydraulic), frawdulent (fraudulent) and marawder (marauder).
    • *raw*: With these puns, you can simply emphasise the “raw” in certain words: draw, withdraw, straw, redraw, drawer, crawl, withdrawal, brawl and drawn.
    • Round* → Rawnd*: As in, “Rawnd and rawnd” and “In a rawndabout way.”
  • Roast: So we can make puns about roasted nuts, we have some roast-related puns here for you:
    • Rest → Roast: As in, “At roast,” and “Come to roast,” and “A cut above the roast,” and “Eternal roast,” and “For the roast of us,” and “For the roast of your life,” and “Give it a roast,” and “I roast my case,” and “Laid to roast,” and “No roast for the wicked” and “Roast assured,” and “The roast is history,” and “You’ve seen the roast.”
    • Arrest → A roast: As in “You are under a roast.” and “He was charged with resisting a roast.” and “Citizen’s a roast.”
    • *rest → *roast: As in, “In the interoast of justice,” and “Make it interoasting,” and “Nearoast and dearoast,” and “Mud wroastling,” and “On the croast of a wave,” and “Imitation is the sinceroast form of flattery,” and “May you live in interoasting times.”
    • *rust* → *roast*: As in, “Roastle (rustle) up,” and “Upper croast (crust),” and “Don’t troast (trust) anyone,” and “Troast is a two-way street.”
  • Allegory → Allergy: As in, “A political allergy.”

Nut-Related Words

To help you come up with your own nut puns, here’s a list of related words to get you on your way. If you come up with any new puns or related words, please feel free to share them in the comments!

types: nut, peanut, almond, chestnut, brazil, hazelnut, macadamia, cashew, acorn, almond, pecan, pistachio, walnut, pine, candlenut, kola, palm, betel, coconut, butternut, heartnut, gingko, bunya, soybean

general: fruit, shell, seed, kernel, butter, oil, raw, roasted, snack, allergy, hickory

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