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.

1400–50; late Middle English crany, perhaps < Middle French crené, past participle of crener to notch, groove; see crenel

cranny, nook. Unabridged
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cranny (ˈkrænɪ)
n , pl -nies
a narrow opening, as in a wall or rock face; chink; crevice (esp in the phrase every nook and cranny)
[C15: from Old French cran notch, fissure; compare crenel]

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Word Origin & History

c.1440, supposedly from M.Fr. cran "notch, fissure," from crener "to notch, split," from M.L. crenare, prob. from L. cernere "to separate, sift" (see crisis). But OED casts doubt on this derivation.
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Idioms & Phrases


see nook and cranny.

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Example sentences
He chitchats with bike builders who are constantly pushing the improvement of
  every nook, cranny and corner of the bicycle.
Oyster does a good job on this resort capturing every nook and cranny.
It does not reach into every single nook and cranny of a large house.
Time stood still as the chefs scurried to every nook and cranny with
  flashlights and prayers.
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