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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, airlines like United, JetBlue, Hawaiian, Delta, and Southwest have implemented the use of electrostatic antimicrobial sprays to thoroughly disinfect every nook and cranny of the cabin, either overnight or between certain flights. Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, "Is It Safe to Fly Right Now? Here's What Experts Have to Say," 25 June 2020 Meanwhile, 37% have begun a hiring freeze as the virus reaches into every nook and cranny of commercial life. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "New jobless claims soar to record 6.6 million as pandemic ripples through the economy," 2 Apr. 2020 Be sure to spend some time under the boughs of the huge pines and explore every nook and cranny of the small island. Peter Marteka,, "Four colorful Connecticut fall hikes with water views," 9 Oct. 2019 Double-check that the original gift-giver didn’t have your initials engraved in an inconspicuous area or that there isn’t a heartfelt note tucked in some nook or cranny. Andra Chantim, Good Housekeeping, "Is It Really OK to Regift? Etiquette Experts Weigh In," 30 Sep. 2019 These guys used every bit of real estate, found every nook and cranny. Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: Wrapping Up a Cracking 2019 U.S. Open," 11 Sep. 2019 Make sure to get it all, because there could be some shavings hiding in the nooks and crannies. Ben Wojdyla, Popular Mechanics, "How to Care for Your Car's Differential," 18 Apr. 2020 End game Akara has focused on making Violet portable and compact enough to be able to operate in tight, crowded spaces that are otherwise hard to clean: bathrooms, waiting areas, the nooks and crannies of public transit. Corinne Purtill, Time, "Meet Violet, the Robot That Can Kill the COVID-19 Virus," 24 Apr. 2020 Getting a bee house completely clean is tricky because of all the nooks and crannies. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "A Bee House Belongs in Your Yard Right Now—Here's How to Clean It," 23 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of cranny was in the 15th century

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7 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cranny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce cranny (audio)

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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