Definition of cranny in US English:

cranny

noun

  • A small, narrow space or opening.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They're sprayed all over a car's engine parts, air ducts and other automotive 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.’
    • ‘Fog had begun creeping into the nooks and crannies of his property, blurring fence lines and cattle in the process.’
    • ‘There was a large, open interior, with plenty of nooks and crannies.’
    • ‘History lies scattered and forgotten in the town's 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.’
    • ‘There are nooks and crannies to hide in, long sofas to stretch out on, and high or low chairs to choose from.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wash away the accumulated dust and odd cobweb that's to be found in all the 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.’
    • ‘It's too sad to watch him walking around and checking nooks and crannies for her.’
    • ‘You could spend several hours exploring the elegant, wide streets, and narrow nooks and crannies.’
    • ‘Those investigators have already found some strange stuff in those nooks and crannies.’
    • ‘Children played hide and seek in its subterranean 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.’
    • ‘I know of no other place its size so replete with 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.’
    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’
      • ‘And all around, lamps were positioned to invite light into the home and evict the darkness from every nook and cranny.’
      • ‘To some it might sound crazy to be dashing around the countryside all day, looking for birds in every nook and cranny.’
      • ‘I am slowly getting my fan base used to having every nook and cranny of my life exposed on film.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Kids are exploring every nook and cranny, hoping to uncover those holiday presents.’
      • ‘I get to visit almost every nook and cranny of Nova Scotia.’
      • ‘The city offers spicy, tangy and lip smacking food at every nook and corner.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many of the state destinations attract millions of tourists from every nook and corner of the world.’
      • ‘I searched every nook and cranny in the kitchen and larder.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

cranny

/ˈkranē//ˈkræni/