[noo k]


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

Examples from the Web for nook

Contemporary Examples of nook

Historical Examples of nook

  • 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 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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