Origin of crannyMiddle English crani from Old French cran, cren, a notch from OIt crena, a groove from VL, a notch: see crenate
Origin of crannyMiddle 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
- A small, narrow opening, fissure, crevice, or chink, as in a wall, or other substance.
- A tool for forming the necks of bottles, etc.
(third-person singular simple present crannies, present participle crannying, simple past and past participle crannied)
- (intransitive) To break into, or become full of, crannies.
- (intransitive) To haunt or enter by crannies.
From Middle English crany, crani (“cranny”), apparently a diminutive of Middle English *cran (+ -y), from Old French cran, cren (“notch, fissure”), a derivative of Old French crener (“to notch, split”), from Medieval Latin crenō (“split”, verb), from Vulgar Latin *crinō (“split, break”, verb), of obscure origin. Despite a spurious use in Pliny, connection to Latin crēna is doubtful. Instead, probably of Germanic or Celtic origin. Compare Old High German chrinna (“notch, groove, crevice”), Alemannic German Krinne (“small crack, channel, groove”), Low German karn (“notch, groove, crevice, cranny”), Old Irish ara-chrinin (“to perish, decay”).
Perhaps for cranky.