Definition of cranny in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrani/

noun (plural crannies)

A small, narrow space or opening: bugs and spiders conceal themselves in crannies of the bark
More example sentences
  • You could spend several hours exploring the elegant, wide streets, and narrow nooks and crannies.
  • There was a large, open interior, with plenty of 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.


every nook and cranny

see nook.



Pronunciation: /ˈkranɪd/
Example sentences
  • In the middle of Porto, the crannied city in northern Portugal, he has planted a massive crystal, pure and flawless, as though it comes from another world.
  • The performers walk, glide, stride and measure ground with their feet through a crannied landscape filled with windows, benches and stands of stage lights.
  • Alfred Tennyson made a point regarding what he called ‘flowers in the crannied wall’, saying that if he could understand them, root, branch and blossom, he would know what God and man are.


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

Words that rhyme with cranny

Annie, ca'canny, canny, Danny, granny, nanny, tranny

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