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cranny

[kran-ee]
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noun, plural cran·nies.
  1. a small, narrow opening in a wall, rock, etc.; chink; crevice; fissure: They searched every nook and cranny for the missing ring.
  2. a small out-of-the-way place or obscure corner; nook.

Origin of cranny

1400–50; late Middle English crany, perhaps < Middle French crené, past participle of crener to notch, groove; see crenel
Can be confusedcranny nook
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cranny

noun plural -nies
  1. a narrow opening, as in a wall or rock face; chink; crevice (esp in the phrase every nook and cranny)
Derived Formscrannied, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Old French cran notch, fissure; compare crenel
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Word Origin and History for cranny

n.

mid-15c., possibly from a diminutive of Middle French cran "notch, fissure" (14c.), from crener "to notch, split," from Medieval Latin crenare, possibly from Latin cernere "to separate, sift" (see crisis). But OED casts doubt on this derivation.

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Idioms and Phrases with cranny

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