Definition of cranny in English:



  • A small, narrow space or opening.

    • ‘Fog had begun creeping into the nooks and crannies of his property, blurring fence lines and cattle in the process.’
    • ‘I poked my head up and began to look around, shining the light across the attic floor and into all the nooks and crannies.’
    • ‘They're sprayed all over a car's engine parts, air ducts and other automotive nooks and crannies.’
    • ‘I know of no other place its size so replete with nooks and crannies.’
    • ‘There was a large, open interior, with plenty of nooks and crannies.’
    • ‘We hired a private person to take us around, so we saw all the nooks and crannies of St Lucia.’
    • ‘You could spend several hours exploring the elegant, wide streets, and narrow nooks and crannies.’
    • ‘Children played hide and seek in its subterranean nooks and crannies.’
    • ‘It had many niches and personal touches, nooks and crannies, and was home to a few mice, especially in the winter.’
    • ‘I really wanted to see the nooks and crannies of underworld gambling.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's too sad to watch him walking around and checking nooks and crannies for her.’
    • ‘There are nooks and crannies to hide in, long sofas to stretch out on, and high or low chairs to choose from.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘History lies scattered and forgotten in the town's nooks and crannies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Those investigators have already found some strange stuff in those nooks and crannies.’
    • ‘Wash away the accumulated dust and odd cobweb that's to be found in all the 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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Late Middle English: from Old French crane notched from cran, from popular Latin crena notch.