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[kran-ee] /ˈkræn i/
noun, plural crannies.
a small, narrow opening in a wall, rock, etc.; chink; crevice; fissure:
They searched every nook and cranny for the missing ring.
a small out-of-the-way place or obscure corner; nook.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English crany, perhaps < Middle French crené, past participle of crener to notch, groove; see crenel
Can be confused
cranny, nook. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for crannies
  • Or rent one of seven kayaks to explore the nooks and crannies of the protected cove.
  • But more often than not the message in today's films is hidden in the nooks and crannies of plots.
  • All the nooks and crannies of the chair were filled full of her soft and spreading body.
  • Through cheap wireless technologies, push media are already colonizing the world's last quiet nooks and crannies.
  • It has many interesting spaces and lots of nooks and crannies.
  • The speakers were practised political hacks, mostly from the unionised crannies of the public sector.
  • She thought it was quite amusing until the cash started pouring out of forgotten crannies in her clothes.
  • The exercise machines tucked into nooks and crannies throughout the ship begin to make sense.
  • He is also encouraging the beast to poke its nose into the nooks and crannies of people's private lives.
  • In grocery shops boys perch precariously on ladders to fetch jars from remote crannies.
British Dictionary definitions for crannies


noun (pl) -nies
a narrow opening, as in a wall or rock face; chink; crevice (esp in the phrase every nook and cranny)
Derived Forms
crannied, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old French cran notch, fissure; compare crenel
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Word Origin and History for crannies



mid-15c., possibly from a diminutive of Middle French cran "notch, fissure" (14c.), from crener "to notch, split," from Medieval Latin crenare, possibly from Latin cernere "to separate, sift" (see crisis). But OED casts doubt on this derivation.

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