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 cranny (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 People more often than not don’t reveal every nook and cranny of themselves. Randee Dawn, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2021 After preening each other's feathers, the ravens took turns inspecting every nook and cranny in each other's beaks — talking to one another throughout the process. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Even browsing is a fun excursion, with crystals, orbs and precious stones tucked into every nook and cranny of the shop. oregonlive, 29 May 2021 Trauma has spent the last year and a half affecting the very temperament of every nook and cranny of our business lives so finding effective solutions is paramount. Jonathan Kaufman, Forbes, 27 May 2021 One is Schiano himself, with a calmer and more nuanced attitude toward program construction and maintenance relative to the hard-charging style that once led him to exert control over every nook and cranny of the Scarlet Knights’ existence. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 19 May 2021 This family saga is about to enter its next act: a high-profile trial that will explore not only every nook and cranny of Robert’s life but also delve into his privileged upbringing and his family’s position in New York society. Charles Bagli, Town & Country, 17 May 2021 The luxe toothbrush maps your mouth, providing real-time feedback to ensure every nook and cranny gets clean. Louryn Strampe, Wired, 17 May 2021 Germs, dirt, grime, and dust settle into every nook and cranny. USA TODAY, 6 May 2021

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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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14 Jun 2021

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“Cranny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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