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 The focus on fungi is a large part of that, allowing chefs and foragers to connect diners directly to the nooks and crannies of the forest around them. Ellen Fort, Sunset Magazine, "The Ultimate Mushroom Trip? A Foraging Weekend in Big Sur," 15 Jan. 2020 The plant is huge and sprawling, and there were plenty of nooks and crannies in which workers could tuck away and catch a nap., "Accused podcast, Season 3, Chapter 6: Last day laid bare," 14 Jan. 2020 And because so much of Redonda is virtually inaccessible to humans, the EAG also hired climbers from the British Mountaineering Council to scale the cliffs and plant poison in the island’s hardest-to-reach nooks and crannies. National Geographic, "Ravenous wild goats ruled this island for over a century. Now, it's being reborn.," 2 Jan. 2020 This gives you those craggy edges and nooks and crannies, better for soaking and crisping. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Small kitchen, big Thanksgiving," 18 Nov. 2019 The full-throated loathing of Washington echoes from all crannies of the country. Joe Heim, Washington Post, "Don’t believe the haters. In the District, friendly neighbors are everywhere.," 21 Dec. 2019 The four-day event that Greater Cincinnati has been waiting on since 2017 is back for Oct. 10-13, filling nearly every nook and cranny from Findlay Market to Covington with art. Sarah Brookbank,, "After 2 years in the making, Blink is back. Here's what it took to put it all together," 9 Oct. 2019 Quagga mussels clung to every cranny of the RV and dangled from every magnet. Christopher Borrelli,, "With duct tape and 72 magnets, scientists are looking for a meteor on the bottom of Lake Michigan. Will they find it?," 28 Aug. 2019 But my baptism came on a gleeful school trip to north Wales spent bouldering among the granite crannies of Snowdonia. National Geographic, "Why the world’s most daunting mountains inspire me," 11 Apr. 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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The first known use of cranny was in the 15th century

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25 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cranny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 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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