cranny

[ kran-ee ]
/ ˈkræn i /

noun, plural cran·nies.

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.

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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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH cranny

cranny , nook
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British Dictionary definitions for cranny

cranny
/ (ˈkrænɪ) /

noun plural -nies

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

Derived forms of cranny

crannied, adjective

Word Origin for cranny

C15: from Old French cran notch, fissure; compare crenel
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Idioms and Phrases with cranny

cranny

see nook and cranny.

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