- a small, narrow opening in a wall, rock, etc.; chink; crevice; fissure: They searched every nook and cranny for the missing ring.
- a small out-of-the-way place or obscure corner; nook.
Origin of cranny
Examples from the Web for cranny
Rawashda is holding his laptop as he points out every nook and cranny of his studio apartment.Gay Palestinians In Israel: The 'Invisible Men'
August 13, 2014
Unlike the three-walled sets of Hollywood soundstages, this is made for every nook and cranny to be filmed.My Visit to the 'Orange Is the New Black' Prison
June 4, 2014
Those scenes that are just in every nook and cranny at the Grand Ole Opry, that to me is the beauty of the show.Emmys 2013: Connie Britton Picks Her Favorite ‘Nashville’ Moments
August 29, 2013
Mousack is piped into every nook and cranny of the damn ship: the elevators, the restaurants, the hallways.My Disney Cruise from Hell
April 9, 2010
Her officers knew every nook and cranny of the coast along their beat.Tales Of Hearsay
Taking the lantern, I examined every nook and cranny of the cell for some other exit.A Master of Mysteries
L. T. Meade
Their old hut was like a rabbit-pen: there was a tow-head to every crack and cranny.Oldtown Fireside Stories
Harriet Beecher Stowe
There was no cranny in the rocks too small for them to reconnoiter with caution.Riders of the Silences
If only there were a cranny of light somewhere in the dead place!
- a narrow opening, as in a wall or rock face; chink; crevice (esp in the phrase every nook and cranny)
Word Origin and History for cranny
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.
Idioms and Phrases with cranny
see nook and cranny.