cran·​ny ˈkra-nē How to pronounce cranny (audio)
plural crannies
: a small break or slit : crevice
: an obscure nook or corner
crannied 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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Word History


Middle English crany, from Middle French cren, cran notch

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Cranny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


cran·​ny ˈkran-ē How to pronounce cranny (audio)
plural crannies
: a small break or slit (as in a cliff)

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