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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The light from Riis’s flash powder revealed the nooks and crannies of poverty, the chiaroscuro of dirt and bedraggled cloth on skin illuminated by a burst of fire from the gizmo that shocked the subjects being photographed. Marlo Safi, National Review, "A Raw Look at the New ‘Other Half’," 29 June 2019 Plus, the slim design allows the 11S to fit under more nooks and crannies for a better clean, which means less work for you. USA TODAY, "These are the 5 best Amazon Prime Day deals you can get right now," 27 June 2019 Deeply browned with nooks and crannies that crisp and crunch. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "I'm Not a Baker and Even I Can Make These Buttery Biscuits," 14 June 2019 The Roomba 860 was designed with both carpets and hard floors in mind to loosen and lift away crumbs, pet hair, and whatever other particles that might be hiding in the nooks and crannies of your home. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "This top-rated robot vacuum is at its lowest price—for today only," 12 June 2019 Like hard-shell crabs, neck bones require a little effort to enjoy, given that some of the prime eating is in their nooks and crannies. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "After five decades, the Hitching Post still knows how to fry right," 12 June 2019 The amount of rain, the nooks and crannies that the rain falls into, the exact sediments that start to erode, the trees that line channel banks, and the water table rising from below all vary across place and time. Quanta Magazine, "A Universal Law for the ‘Blood of the Earth’," 28 Nov. 2018 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

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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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