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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.
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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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Related Words for cranny

niche, fissure, interstice, gap, crevice, breach, crack, cleft, hole, chink

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British Dictionary definitions for 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)
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Derived Formscrannied, adjective

Word Origin for cranny

C15: from Old French cran notch, fissure; compare crenel
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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.

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Idioms and Phrases with cranny


see nook and cranny.

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