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

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 The firm uses a mini-vac to clear out every nook and cranny. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2022 Through Tonight: Skies are mainly clear through the night, although a patch or two of fog may develop in the typically foggiest locales like a nook or cranny near water. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2022 Fans crowded every nook and cranny of Amoeba’s new Hollywood location to see the singer play a four-song set. Ej Panaligan, Variety, 29 July 2022 In no time, spills will be gone and every nook and cranny of your microwave will sparkle and shine. Alicia Chilton, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 July 2022 Prices rose in practically every nook and cranny of the economy, especially food and housing. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, 24 July 2022 Every nook and cranny deserves to look its best—and your hallway is no exception. Kelsey Mulvey, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 July 2022 Almost every nook and cranny is filled with vintage goods. Haley Laurence |, al, 12 July 2022 During a recent visit to the Meyerhoff, every nook and cranny of the cavernous building (including the men’s locker room) seemed to contain a string quartet or violin trio working on a different piece of music. Mary Carole Mccauley, Baltimore Sun, 1 July 2022 See More

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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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“Cranny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for cranny


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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