Definition of ranny in English:

ranny

noun

Southern, English Regional, East Anglian
  • A shrew, especially the common shrew, Sorex araneus. Also (perhaps by confusion): any of various small rodents. More fully "ranny-mouse".

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in William Cuningham (c1531–1586), physician and cartographer. Origin uncertain; perhaps ultimately from classical Latin mūs arāneus (lit. ‘spider-mouse’) a creature usually identified with the shrew, although a Scandinavian origin has alternatively been suggested.

Pronunciation

ranny

/ˈrani/