• IPA: /ˈkɹæni/

cranny (plural crannies)

  1. A small, narrow opening, fissure, crevice, or chink, as in a wall, or other substance.
    • 1851 November 13, Herman Melville, chapter 2, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, OCLC 57395299 ↗:
      What a pity they didn’t stop up the chinks and the crannies though, and thrust in a little lint here and there.
    • He peeped into every cranny.
    • In a firm building, the cavities ought not to be filled with rubbish, but with brick or stone fitted to the crannies.
  2. A tool for forming the necks of bottles, etc.
Related terms Translations Verb

cranny (crannies, present participle crannying; past and past participle crannied)

  1. (intransitive) To break into, or become full of, crannies.
    • 1567, Arthur Golding: Ovid's Metamophoses; Bk. 2, line 333
      The ground did cranie everie where and light did pierce to hell.
  2. (intransitive) To haunt or enter by crannies.
    • All tenantless, save to the crannying wind.


  1. (UK, dialect) quick; giddy; thoughtless

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