American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small corner, alcove, or recess, especially one in a large room.
- n. A hidden or secluded spot.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A corner.
- n. A narrow place formed by an angle in bodies or between bodies; a recess; a secluded retreat.
- To betake one's self to a recess or corner; ensconce one's self.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A narrow place formed by an angle in bodies or between bodies; a corner; a recess; a secluded retreat.
- n. a sheltered and secluded place
- n. an interior angle formed by two meeting walls
- From Middle English noke, nok ("nook, corner, angle"), of uncertain origin. Cognate with Scots neuk, nuk ("corner, angle of a square, angular object"). Perhaps from Old English hnoc, hnocc ("hook, angle"), from Proto-Germanic *hnukkaz, *hnukkô (“a bend”), from Proto-Indo-European *kneug- (“to turn, press”), from Proto-Indo-European *ken- (“to pinch, press, bend”). If so, then also related to Scots nok ("small hook"), Norwegian dialectal nok, nokke ("hook, angle, bent object"), Danish nokke ("hook"), Swedish nocke ("hook"), Faroese nokki ("crook"), Icelandic hnokki ("hook"), Dutch nok ("ridge"), Low German Nocke ("tip"), Old Norse hnúka ("to bend, crouch"), Old English ġehnycned ("drawn, pinched, wrinkled"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English nok, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialectal nōk, hook. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The top of the nook is arched, and the back of the nook is curved.”
“Finally, an upstairs nook is kept cozy with a wood stove that has the ability to warm the entire upper level.”
“View 3 showing sink area and wooden screen, separating the dining nook from the rest of the kitchen.”
“But what a cruel change it would have been for the beautiful ferns, from their enchanted mountain nook with the wood-pigeons cooing in the trees above them and the little green parroquets flashing past their waving, plume-like tufts, to a cold, raw Christmas morning in smoky”
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“It was a real example of why getting the nook was a smart idea for me.”
“The nook was a busy spot because my mom and the bird people were going back and forth, taking the eagle cage outside to the backyard to get ready for the great bird launch.”
“I did a lot of research before I choose, and I think the nook is the best of the bunch.”
“In another nook was a little divan or cosy corner.”
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