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Related to cranny: bize, worthy, every nook and cranny


n. pl. cran·nies
A small opening, as in a wall or rock face; a crevice.

[Middle English crani, perhaps alteration of Old French cren, cran, notch, from crener, to notch, from Vulgar Latin *crināre, probably of Gaulish origin and akin to Irish ara-chrin, he decays, fails, withers.]

cran′nied adj.


n, pl -nies
a narrow opening, as in a wall or rock face; chink; crevice (esp in the phrase every nook and cranny)
[C15: from Old French cran notch, fissure; compare crenel]
ˈcrannied adj


(ˈkræn i)

n., pl. -nies.
1. a small, narrow opening in a wall, rock, etc.; crevice.
2. an out-of-the-way place or corner; nook.
[1400–50; perhaps < Middle French crené, past participle of crener to notch, groove]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cranny - a long narrow depression in a surfacecranny - a long narrow depression in a surface
imprint, impression, depression - a concavity in a surface produced by pressing; "he left the impression of his fingers in the soft mud"
2.cranny - a small opening or crevice (especially in a rock face or wall)
hole - an opening into or through something


noun crevice, opening, hole, crack, gap, breach, rift, nook, cleft, chink, fissure, interstice The lizards fled into crannies in the rocks.


[ˈkrænɪ] Ngrieta f


[ˈkræni] n (= recess) → recoin m
see also nook


nRitze f, → Spalte f ? nook


(nuk) noun
a quiet, dark corner or place.
every nook and cranny
everywhere. They searched in every nook and cranny.
References in classic literature ?
The natural taste and true ear of David governed and modified the sounds to suit the confined cavern, every crevice and cranny of which was filled with the thrilling notes of their flexible voices.
For a moment, he seemed to hesitate and looked at Raoul; then he turned his eyes upward, toward the second cellar, which sent down the faint glimmer of a lantern, through a cranny between two boards.
Turning to the place from which the sound came I dimly saw a shadowy form which fled at my movement, squeezing itself through a cranny in the wall.
To lie on the wool-packs, with a cranny left between the curtains of the awning to let in the air, was luxury to Hetty now, and she half-slept away the hours till the driver came to ask her if she wanted to get down and have "some victual"; he himself was going to eat his dinner at this "public.
Jones came dashing through the gate after them, sending its jingling sounds through every cranny of the building, and in a moment the dwelling was in an uproar.
As frame after frame followed it, the swarm beheld the upheaval, exposure, and destruction of all that had been well or ill done in every cranny of their Hive for generations past.
Just then I was absorbed in them only as a medium of escape, and so, as my gaze ran quickly, time and again, over their vast expanse in search of some cranny or crevice, I came suddenly to loathe them as the prisoner must loathe the cruel and impregnable walls of his dungeon.
The first mile is still a narrow avenue, a mere tunnel of leaves at midsummer; but at that time there was not a lighted pane or cranny by the way.
I had a garden wall to scale, nearly twice my own height, and without notch or cranny in the ancient, solid masonry.
At last he said, in a deep, husky voice, "Now, if aught of harm befalls thee because of this day's doings, I swear by Saint George that the red cock shall crow over the rooftree of this house, for the hot flames shall lick every crack and cranny thereof.
He had a haunting fancy he might be lying disabled or badly smashed in some way in some nook or cranny of the Island; and it was only after a most exhaustive search that he abandoned that distressing idea.
Just as when inventive power is working with glad ease some small claim on the attention is fully met as if it were only a cranny opened to the sunlight, it was easy now for Dorothea to write her memoranda.