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Definitions for cranny
ˈkræn icran·ny

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word cranny.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. crevice, cranny, crack, fissure, chapnoun

    a long narrow depression in a surface

  2. crannynoun

    a small opening or crevice (especially in a rock face or wall)


  1. crannynoun

    A small, narrow opening, fissure, crevice, or chink, as in a wall, or other substance.

  2. crannynoun

    A tool for forming the necks of bottles, etc.

  3. Etymology: From crany, crani, apparently a diminutive of * (+ -y), from cran, cren, a derivative of crener, from creno, from *, of obscure origin. Despite a spurious use in Pliny, connection to crena is doubtful. Instead, probably of or origin. Compare chrinna, Krinne, karn, ara-chrinin.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CRANNYnoun

    A chink; a cleft; a fissure.

    Etymology: cren, Fr. crena, Latin.

    The eye of the understanding is like the eye of the sense; for as you may see great objects through small crannies or holes, so you may see great axioms of nature through small and contemptible instances. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 91.

    And therefore beat, and laid about,
    To find a cranny to creep out. Hudibras, p. iii. cant. 1.

    In a firm building, even the cavities ought not to be filled with rubbish, but with brick or stone, fitted to the crannies. John Dryden, Æneid. Dedication to the.

    Within the soaking of water and springs, with streams and currents in the veins and crannies. Thomas Burnet, Theo. of the Earth.

    He skipped from room to room, ran up stairs and down stairs, from the kitchen to the garrets, and he peeped into every cranny. John Arbuthnot, History of John Bull.


  1. Cranny

    Cranny (Irish: An Chrannaigh) is a small village in County Clare, Ireland.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crannynoun

    a small, narrow opening, fissure, crevice, or chink, as in a wall, or other substance

  2. Crannynoun

    a tool for forming the necks of bottles, etc

  3. Crannyverb

    to crack into, or become full of, crannies

  4. Crannyverb

    to haunt, or enter by, crannies

  5. Crannyadjective

    quick; giddy; thoughtless

  6. Etymology: [Perh. for cranky. See Crank, a. ]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cranny

    kran′i, n. a rent: a chink: a secret place.—v.i. to enter crannies.—adj. Crann′ied, having crannies, rents, or fissures. [Fr. cran, a notch.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cranny is ranked #110286 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cranny surname appeared 160 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Cranny.

    96.2% or 154 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cranny in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cranny in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of cranny in a Sentence

  1. Allen Guelzo:

    They worked their way into every nook, cranny and snook-filled hall they could.

  2. Scott C. Holstad:

    Blank paper before me; fresh snow fall, tracks slowly appearing, my future mapped out, my life, my day. Minute by minute, laboriously, every nook, every cranny exposed. This is my true life, I think while wondering what became of the person I used to be.

  3. Jamaal Bowman:

    We were canvassing in every nook and cranny of the district prior to the pandemic, there's nothing like having a conversation face to face with someone.

  4. John Tecklenburg:

    Mayor John Tecklenburg said Wednesday the girl’s mother was brutally beaten but in fair condition at a local hospital. Mayor John Tecklenburg said the girl’s father was out of town on a Coast Guard training mission when Heidi Renae Todd vanished. We are looking for her, every nook and cranny, divers in the lake, helicopters, we don't know if Heidi Renae Todd might have been taken away in a vehicle or not.

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    (of a glutinous liquid such as paint) not completely dried and slightly sticky to the touch
    • A. arbitrary
    • B. tacky
    • C. eloquent
    • D. occlusive

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