cranny

noun
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 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.

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Some ballparks might need to move back fences or create old-time crannies to foster more triples. WSJ, "Our Insane Ideas to Save Baseball," 25 Oct. 2018 The evening grew even more magical with a performance by Moses Sumney, whose voice was perfectly proportioned to fill every cranny of the oversize space. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Sweetgreen and Blue Hill at Stone Barns Host a Grand Celebration of Squash," 15 Oct. 2018 Still others nestle in nooks and crannies, Easter egg-style. Al Kemp, The Seattle Times, "How I came to grips with a downsized Christmas," 12 Dec. 2018 Bats love old homes, with all their nooks and crannies, in particular, and often move into attics. Emily O'brien, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways To Attract Bats To Your Yard," 20 Oct. 2016 The Roomba, designed to clean every nook and cranny, ran over the poop, and proceeded to track feces everywhere. Marlisse Cepeda, Woman's Day, "This Family's Roomba Had a Run-In With a Pile of Dog Poop—and It All Went Downhill From There," 13 Aug. 2016 Android 9 Pie, thoroughly reviewed Every year, Google releases a new version of Android, and every year, Ron Amadeo pokes around in every last nook and cranny of the mobile OS. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "The 20 most-popular stories of 2018," 25 Dec. 2018 If available, use the self-cleaning cycle on your appliance to ensure that every nook and cranny is touched. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean an Oven Quickly and Painlessly," 18 Dec. 2018 Be sure to pay special attention to any nooks and crannies. Gigi Engle, SELF, "Here's Everything You Need to Know About Anal Beads," 19 Dec. 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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cranny

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cranny

: a small opening or space

cranny

noun
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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