Definition of nook in English:



  • A corner or recess, especially one offering seclusion or security.

    ‘the nook beside the fire’
    ‘the fish should be able to find nooks and crannies in which they will be safe’
    • ‘They hugged table-legs, raced up walls, skulked under shelves and stood shivering in nooks and corners.’
    • ‘A considerable number of Goan artifacts decorate the nooks and corners.’
    • ‘Ceramic pots glazed in modern vibrant colours work as well in shady nooks as they do in sunny corners.’
    • ‘There was a small nook in the corner, where I sat, while he poured some water into the pot.’
    • ‘Kristen followed her as they sat themselves around the breakfast nook in the corner.’
    • ‘Every nook, corner, wall and ceiling was like a blow in its acute familiarity.’
    • ‘He was more concerned with the cobwebs that were attached in the tiny nooks and corners.’
    • ‘It was bare enough, there were no corners or nooks where the noise could be coming from - just the bed and the desk and recliners and the wardrobe.’
    • ‘Doubtless the politicians will enjoy plotting and scheming in the Jacobean nooks and corners.’
    • ‘He let go of me and I swam off into a small nook in the corner of the abnormally shaped pool.’
    • ‘He had a small nook in the corner of his room with a shower, a sink and a toilet.’
    recess, corner, alcove, cranny, crevice, niche, hollow, bay, inglenook, cavity, cubbyhole, pigeonhole, opening, gap, aperture
    hideaway, hiding place, hideout, retreat, refuge, shelter, nest, snuggery, snug, den, haunt
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  • every nook and cranny

    • Every part or aspect of something.

      ‘the party reached into every nook and cranny of people's lives’
      • ‘I searched every room, every nook and cranny, but couldn't find it.’
      • ‘I looked in every nook and cranny but I couldn't find him.’
      • ‘I searched every nook and cranny in the kitchen and larder.’
      • ‘The city offers spicy, tangy and lip smacking food at every nook and corner.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And all around, lamps were positioned to invite light into the home and evict the darkness from every nook and cranny.’
      • ‘Kids are exploring every nook and cranny, hoping to uncover those holiday presents.’
      • ‘To some it might sound crazy to be dashing around the countryside all day, looking for birds in every nook and cranny.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I am slowly getting my fan base used to having every nook and cranny of my life exposed on film.’


Middle English (denoting a corner or fragment): of unknown origin.