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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.
Origin of cranny
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English crany, perhaps < Middle French crené, past participle of crener to notch, groove; see crenel
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cranny, nook. Unabridged
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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 cranny

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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