Definition of cranny in English:

cranny

noun

  • A small, narrow space or opening.

    ‘bugs and spiders conceal themselves in crannies of the bark’
    • ‘We hired a private person to take us around, so we saw all the nooks and crannies of St Lucia.’
    • ‘It had many niches and personal touches, nooks and crannies, and was home to a few mice, especially in the winter.’
    • ‘Those investigators have already found some strange stuff in those nooks and crannies.’
    • ‘He tried thinking of all the possible hiding places he'd noted since being in the house; and all the possible nooks and crannies he'd yet to even spot.’
    • ‘There was a large, open interior, with plenty of nooks and crannies.’
    • ‘I poked my head up and began to look around, shining the light across the attic floor and into all the nooks and crannies.’
    • ‘With nooks and crannies to be found on all three levels, storing their possessions won't be an issue for the new owners of this property.’
    • ‘History lies scattered and forgotten in the town's nooks and crannies.’
    • ‘Children played hide and seek in its subterranean nooks and crannies.’
    • ‘I put my bed together myself despite the fact that my room was so crammed full of boxes that I kept trapping myself in corners and crannies.’
    • ‘I know of no other place its size so replete with nooks and crannies.’
    • ‘There are nooks and crannies to hide in, long sofas to stretch out on, and high or low chairs to choose from.’
    • ‘It's too sad to watch him walking around and checking nooks and crannies for her.’
    • ‘They're sprayed all over a car's engine parts, air ducts and other automotive nooks and crannies.’
    • ‘The wind picked up and ruffled his hair each time he emerged from a crack or a cranny; the main arm of the canyon was like a wind tunnel.’
    • ‘My preference is for lowly-lit, low-ceilinged places with nooks and crannies where you can sit in the corner and not be noticed all evening.’
    • ‘I really wanted to see the nooks and crannies of underworld gambling.’
    • ‘Fog had begun creeping into the nooks and crannies of his property, blurring fence lines and cattle in the process.’
    • ‘Wash away the accumulated dust and odd cobweb that's to be found in all the nooks and crannies.’
    • ‘You could spend several hours exploring the elegant, wide streets, and narrow nooks and crannies.’
    chink, crack, crevice, slit, split, fissure, rift, cleft, opening, gap, aperture, cavity, hole, hollow, niche, corner, recess, bay, booth, alcove, nook, interstice
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Phrases

  • every nook and cranny

    • Every part or aspect of something.

      ‘the party reached into every nook and cranny of people's lives’
      • ‘I am slowly getting my fan base used to having every nook and cranny of my life exposed on film.’
      • ‘I get to visit almost every nook and cranny of Nova Scotia.’
      • ‘Many of the state destinations attract millions of tourists from every nook and corner of the world.’
      • ‘From the kick off on Friday evening it was party time all weekend with fun and merriment and top class entertainment provided in every nook and cranny in the village.’
      • ‘To some it might sound crazy to be dashing around the countryside all day, looking for birds in every nook and cranny.’
      • ‘I looked in every nook and cranny but I couldn't find him.’
      • ‘On display will be dazzling jewellery from virtually every nook and cranny of the country that will be a prelude to the fall wedding season and festivities.’
      • ‘The city offers spicy, tangy and lip smacking food at every nook and corner.’
      • ‘Kids are exploring every nook and cranny, hoping to uncover those holiday presents.’
      • ‘I searched every nook and cranny in the kitchen and larder.’
      • ‘And all around, lamps were positioned to invite light into the home and evict the darkness from every nook and cranny.’
      • ‘I searched every room, every nook and cranny, but couldn't find it.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French crane ‘notched’, from cran, from popular Latin crena ‘notch’.

Pronunciation

cranny

/ˈkrani/