cran·ny | \ˈkra-nē \
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 \ 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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Unlike the Millennial home, there’s no lofted office space, which allows the living room to open up and let air and natural light filter throughout every nook and cranny. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Black-clad tiny home features a not-so-tiny living room," 25 June 2018 Moist nooks and crannies full of dead skin cells become the perfect breeding ground for organisms that can cause skin infections, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Test Your Housekeeping Knowledge: How Gross Are Your Cleaning Habits?," 10 July 2018 But Judge Kethledge, through his passion for the nooks and crannies of writing and style, taught us that even legal writing is an art form where small changes have a large impact on readability and, ultimately, persuasiveness. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Possible Supreme Court pick Kethledge's ties to University of Michigan," 9 July 2018 That also reduces the nooks and crannies where fungus can hide, says Jenna Rushing, a nail technician at the Hammer and Nails, a mani-pedi salon for men with locations nationwide. Max Berlinger, The Seattle Times, "Guys, before you switch to sandals, check out your feet," 21 June 2018 That also reduces the nooks and crannies where fungus can hide, said Jenna Rushing, a nail technician at the Hammer and Nails, a mani-pedi salon for men with locations nationwide. Max Berlinger, New York Times, "Men, Are You Wearing Sandals This Summer? Read This First," 13 June 2018 Still, virtually every nook and cranny of the Robertses’ home and yard in Carlsbad is filled with interesting artwork. Pam Kragen,, "Cultures of the world inspire Carlsbad artist," 6 June 2018 Race rears its head in nearly every nook and cranny of the contemporary health policy landscape. Jamila Michener, Vox, "The politics and policy of racism in American health care," 24 May 2018 The tour required two hours, with Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes guiding Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber through every nook and cranny of the Pinnacle training center. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "MLS commissioner on Sporting KC: ‘The model for Major League Soccer is right here’ | The Kansas City Star," 19 May 2018

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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 \
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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