nook

noun
\ˈnu̇k \

Definition of nook 

1 chiefly Scotland : a right-angled corner

2a : an interior angle formed by two meeting walls

b : a secluded or sheltered place or part searched every nook and cranny

c : a small often recessed section of a larger room a breakfast nook

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Synonyms for nook

Synonyms

alcove, niche, recess

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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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Then there are solo spaces, like nooks and phone booths meant for privacy. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Wait, Is Your Open Office Plan Good or Bad?," 21 Aug. 2018 Doheny Library is a favorite spot on campus, thanks to its dramatic, high-ceilinged study halls and elegant nooks and crannies spread over several floors. Condé Nast Traveler, "The 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America," 6 Aug. 2018 That also reduces the nooks and crannies where fungus can hide, said Jenna Rushing, a nail technician at the Hammer and Nails, a mani-pedi salon for men with locations nationwide. Max Berlinger, New York Times, "Men, Are You Wearing Sandals This Summer? Read This First," 13 June 2018 Down the road at Scarecrow, it’s collection sprawls through two levels and fills various rooms and nooks. Ryan Blethen, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s last 3 video rental stores strive to remain part of the neighborhood," 10 Sep. 2018 There are all kinds of nooks to enjoy your turmeric smoothie or macchiato in: near a fireplace in the cocktail lounge, in a book alcove overlooking the three-story atrium, or perched at a counter in a clean white cafe. Amy Thomas, New York Times, "36 Hours in Buffalo," 28 June 2018 Collecting litter When walking in a beautiful urban park in Richmond, Va., I was saddened by the piles of trash that had gathered in the nooks between large rocks on a river. Anna Marden, BostonGlobe.com, "5 tips for an eco-friendly road trip," 19 June 2018 The box in dispute is part of the Little Free Library movement started in 2009 by a Wisconsin man who built a book-sharing nook shaped like a one-room schoolhouse to honor his mother, a teacher. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Oviedo HOA board opposed to Little Free Library resigns after outcry," 13 July 2018 At the opposite end of the gallery, the installation continues in the form of a nook snugly fit with a cardboard box, outfitted like a miniature home with a rug and fake plant. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "In Shinique Smith's 'Refuge,' bits of past make for a compelling present," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of nook

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nook

Middle English noke, nok

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nook

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nook

: a small space or corner that is inside something

: a part of a room (such as a corner) that is used for a specific purpose

: a quiet place that is sheltered by a tree, rock, etc.

nook

noun
\ˈnu̇k \

Kids Definition of nook

1 : an inner corner a chimney nook

2 : a sheltered or hidden place Or she could crawl through the hedge and emerge in some sheltered garden nook where neither Mrs. Tifton nor anyone else would be likely to see her.— Jeanne Birdsall, The Penderwicks

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