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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He let go of me and I swam off into a small nook in the corner of the abnormally shaped pool.’
    • ‘A considerable number of Goan artifacts decorate the nooks and corners.’
    • ‘They hugged table-legs, raced up walls, skulked under shelves and stood shivering in nooks and corners.’
    • ‘He was more concerned with the cobwebs that were attached in the tiny nooks and corners.’
    • ‘Kristen followed her as they sat themselves around the breakfast nook in the corner.’
    • ‘He had a small nook in the corner of his room with a shower, a sink and a toilet.’
    • ‘Doubtless the politicians will enjoy plotting and scheming in the Jacobean nooks and corners.’
    • ‘There was a small nook in the corner, where I sat, while he poured some water into the pot.’
    • ‘Every nook, corner, wall and ceiling was like a blow in its acute familiarity.’
    • ‘Ceramic pots glazed in modern vibrant colours work as well in shady nooks as they do in sunny corners.’
    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 looked in every nook and cranny but I couldn't find him.’
      • ‘And all around, lamps were positioned to invite light into the home and evict the darkness from 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.’
      • ‘To some it might sound crazy to be dashing around the countryside all day, looking for birds in every nook and cranny.’
      • ‘I searched every room, every nook and cranny, but couldn't find it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many of the state destinations attract millions of tourists from every nook and corner of the world.’
      • ‘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.’


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