cranny
noun (plural crannies) Etymology: Middle English crany, from Middle French cren, cran notch Date: 15th century 1. a small break or slit ; crevice 2. an obscure nook or corner • crannied adjective

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  • Cranny — Cran ny (kr[a^]n n[y^]), n.; pl. {Crannies} ( n[i^]z). [F. cran notch, prob. from L. crena (a doubful word).] 1. A small, narrow opening, fissure, crevice, or chink, as in a wall, or other substance. [1913 Webster] In a firm building, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cranny — Cran ny, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Crannied} ( n?d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Crannying}.] 1. To crack into, or become full of, crannies. [R.] [1913 Webster] The ground did cranny everywhere. Golding. [1913 Webster] 2. To haunt, or enter by, crannies. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cranny — Cran ny, a. [Perh. for cranky. See {Crank}, a. ] Quick; giddy; thoughtless. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cranny — index rift (gap) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • cranny — mid 15c., possibly from a dim. of M.Fr. cran notch, fissure (14c.), from crener to notch, split, from M.L. crenare, possibly from L. cernere to separate, sift (see CRISIS (Cf. crisis)). But OED casts doubt on this derivation …   Etymology dictionary

  • cranny — *crack, cleft, fissure, crevasse, crevice, chink Analogous words: *hole, cavity, pocket, hollow: perforation, puncture, bore (see corresponding Verbs at PERFORATE): interstice, *aperture …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • cranny — [n] nook, opening breach, byplace, chink, cleft, crack, crevice, fissure, gap, hole, interstice, niche; concepts 440,513 …   New thesaurus

  • cranny — ► NOUN (pl. crannies) ▪ a small, narrow space or opening. ORIGIN Latin crena notch …   English terms dictionary

  • cranny — [kran′ē] n. pl. crannies [ME crani < OFr cran, cren, a notch < OIt crena, a groove < VL, a notch: see CRENATE] a small, narrow opening; crack, as in a wall …   English World dictionary

  • cranny — noun a) A small, narrow opening, fissure, crevice, or chink, as in a wall, or other substance. b) A tool for forming the necks of bottles, etc. See Also: any nook or cranny, every nook and cranny, nook and cranny, nook or cranny …   Wiktionary

  • Cranny — Recorded in the spellins of Crany, Craney, Cranny, Creaney, Creeney, and Cranney, this interesting name is claimed by some to be Irish. Certainly it is well recorded in that country, although as it is not apparently associated with any particular …   Surnames reference

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