cran·​ny | \ ˈkra-nē How to pronounce cranny (audio) \
plural crannies

Definition of cranny

1 : a small break or slit : crevice
2 : an obscure nook or corner

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Other Words from cranny

crannied \ ˈkra-​nēd How to pronounce crannied (audio) \ adjective

Examples of cranny in a Sentence

We saw strange, colorful creatures in the crannies of the reef while scuba diving. We explored every cranny of the old castle.

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At Skoob, the element of surprise is key, which is why the store is full of nooks and crannies to scour and get lost browsing in. Michael Hingston, Washington Post, "In London, it’s easy to find a bookshop that floats your boat. (Really. One is on a barge.)," 13 Sep. 2019 The Rest: The hotel had plenty of fun nooks and crannies for wandering, discovering and taking selfies. Marc Davila, House Beautiful, "Hotel San Cristobal Is the Ultimate End-of-Summer Vacation Spot," 27 Aug. 2019 Did group storytelling with Luna, ran around hiding in nooks and crannies, got inspired by 1 million cookbooks and spotted many a difference in a highlights magazine. Eric Todisco,, "Chrissy Teigen Goes to the Library for the First Time in 23 Years for Group Storytelling with Luna," 7 Aug. 2019 Other hikers arrived, including a large contingent from South Korea, filling the small house to capacity: 52 people unfurled their sleeping bags in every nook and cranny. Jake Halpern, New York Times, "A Chance to Bond on a Perilous Hiking Trail in Iceland," 21 Aug. 2019 Bikes were parked along the edge of every nook and cranny in the small parking lot. Denise Coffey,, "Vanilla Bean Cafe A Hot Spot For Motorcyclists," 19 Aug. 2019 Spend 100 hours digging into every possible nook and cranny of this wonderful place, and then do it all again in a couple of great expansions. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "2K Games Probed YouTuber Over Alleged Borderlands 3 Leaks," 9 Aug. 2019 The city’s history and coolest nooks and crannies are best understood with a Two Feet & a Heartbeat walking tour, themed around coffee, culture, cocktails, crime or even fromage, and customizable and privatized, too. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood's Travel Guide to Western Australia," 16 July 2019 Plus, the slim design allows the 11S to fit under more nooks and crannies for a better clean, which means less work for you. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "The 5 best early Prime Day deals you can get this Friday," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of cranny

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cranny

Middle English crany, from Middle French cren, cran notch

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English Language Learners Definition of cranny

: a small opening or space


cran·​ny | \ ˈkra-nē How to pronounce cranny (audio) \
plural crannies

Kids Definition of cranny

1 : a small break or slit (as in a cliff)
2 : a place that is not generally known or noticed

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miscellaneous remnants or debris

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