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[noo k] /nʊk/
a corner, as in a room.
any secluded or obscure corner.
any small recess:
a breakfast nook.
any remote or sheltered spot:
a shady nook that was ideal for a picnic.
Origin of nook
1250-1300; Middle English nok
Related forms
nooklike, adjective
Can be confused
cranny, nook. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for nook
  • He chitchats with bike builders who are constantly pushing the improvement of every nook, cranny and corner of the bicycle.
  • When the animals get weak they will huddle into some nook or corner and simply stay there till they die.
  • Not a nook or corner but is of use in housing some useless personage.
  • Every nook of this former grocery store and woodworking shop is filled with the owner's personal items.
  • They may then wedge it into a tree nook to eat later.
  • The year in college where my bed was a mattress on a ledge in a window nook in a finished attic.
  • He has lived here for ten years, and knows every nook and cranny of the old markets, and the back streets that have no names.
  • Design a nook with an outdoor rug, paper lantern, and comfortable cushions.
  • Actually my house is being turned upside down, to clean every nook and cranny.
  • They also increase the odds that the tail will flip to safety, say in a nook or crevice.
British Dictionary definitions for nook


a corner or narrow recess, as in a room
a secluded or sheltered place; retreat
Word Origin
C13: origin obscure; perhaps related to Norwegian dialect nok hook
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Word Origin and History for nook

c.1300, noke, of unknown origin. Possibly connected with Norwegian dialectal nokke "hook, bent figure," or Old English hnecca "neck," but the sense evolution would be difficult.

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