[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. noodlehead,
  2. noodling,
  3. noogie,
  4. noogoora burr,
  5. nooit,
  6. nook and cranny, every,
  7. nookery,
  8. nookie,
  9. nooky,
  10. noon

Origin of nook

1250–1300; Middle English nok

Related formsnook·like, adjective

Can be confusedcranny nook Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nook


/ (nʊk) /


a corner or narrow recess, as in a room
a secluded or sheltered place; retreat

Word Origin for nook

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.

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