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[noo k] /nʊk/
a corner, as in a room.
any secluded or obscure corner.
any small recess:
a breakfast nook.
any remote or sheltered spot:
a shady nook that was ideal for a picnic.
Origin of nook
1250-1300; Middle English nok
Related forms
nooklike, adjective
Can be confused
cranny, nook. Unabridged
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  • They carried the candle to every nook and corner of the cloisters, no result arising from it.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Even in the most disabused of minds there remains a nook of fancy and hope.

  • Other people desired to sit in Alice's nook, but discovered her in occupancy.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • A few sound friendships and a nook full of family affection.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • How warm it had been when they sat in that nook, chatting for many a long evening!

British Dictionary definitions for nook


a corner or narrow recess, as in a room
a secluded or sheltered place; retreat
Word Origin
C13: origin obscure; perhaps related to Norwegian dialect nok hook
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Word Origin and History for nook

c.1300, noke, of unknown origin. Possibly connected with Norwegian dialectal nokke "hook, bent figure," or Old English hnecca "neck," but the sense evolution would be difficult.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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