[ 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

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British Dictionary definitions for cranny


/ (ˈkrænɪ) /

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

Origin of cranny

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

Derived forms of cranny

  • crannied, adjective

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Other Idioms and Phrases with cranny


see nook and cranny.

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