chiefly Scotland : a right-angled corner
: an interior angle formed by two meeting walls
: a secluded or sheltered place or part
searched every nook and cranny
: a small often recessed section of a larger room
a breakfast nook

Examples of nook in a Sentence

an old house full of nooks and crannies a cozy nook perfect for reading We found a shady nook under an old oak tree.
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Word History


Middle English noke, nok

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nook was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Nook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nook. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: an interior angle or corner formed usually by two walls
a chimney nook
: a sheltered or hidden place
a shady nook

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