crony

  • 1 crony — cro ny (kr[=o] n[y^]), n.; pl. {Cronies} (kr[=o] n[i^]z). [Orig., an old woman. See {Crone}.] 1. A crone. [Obs.] Marry not an old crony. Burton. [1913 Webster] 2. An intimate companion; a familiar friend. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] He soon found… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 crony — 1660s, Cambridge student slang, probably from Gk. khronios long lasting, from khronos time, and with a sense of old friend, or contemporary …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 crony — comrade, companion, *associate Analogous words: intimate, *friend, confidant …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 4 crony — [n] ally, companion accomplice, acquaintance, associate, bosom buddy*, buddy, chum, colleague, comate, comrade, confidant, friend, good buddy*, intimate, mate, pal, partner, sidekick*; concept 423 Ant. enemy, foe …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 crony — ► NOUN (pl. cronies) informal, often derogatory ▪ a close friend or companion. ORIGIN originally Cambridge university slang: from Greek khronios long lasting (here used to mean «contemporary»); compare with CHUM(Cf. ↑chummy) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 crony — [krō′nē] n. pl. cronies [Brit university slang < ? Gr chronios, long continued (hence taken as “old friend”) < chronos, time] a close companion …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 crony — UK [ˈkrəʊnɪ] / US [ˈkroʊnɪ] noun [countable] Word forms crony : singular crony plural cronies showing disapproval a friend or supporter, especially of someone powerful …

    English dictionary

  • 8 crony — Synonyms and related words: ace, adjunct, ally, amigo, associate, bedfellow, bedmate, bosom buddy, brother, brother in arms, buddy, bunkie, bunkmate, butty, camarade, chamberfellow, chum, classmate, coadjutor, cohort, colleague, comate, companion …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 9 crony — [17] Crony originated as a piece of Cambridge university slang. Originally written chrony, it was based on Greek khrónios ‘longlasting’, a derivative of khrónos ‘time’ (source of English chronicle, chronology, chronic, etc), and seems to have… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 10 crony — [17] Crony originated as a piece of Cambridge university slang. Originally written chrony, it was based on Greek khrónios ‘longlasting’, a derivative of khrónos ‘time’ (source of English chronicle, chronology, chronic, etc), and seems to have… …

    Word origins

  • 11 crony — noun (plural cronies) Etymology: perhaps from Greek chronios long lasting, from chronos time Date: 1656 a close friend especially of long standing ; pal …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 crony — /kroh nee/, n., pl. cronies. a close friend or companion; chum. [1655 65; alleged to be university slang; perh. < Gk chrónios for a long time, long continued, deriv. of chrónos time; cf. CHRONO ] Syn. pal, buddy. * * * …

    Universalium

  • 13 crony — noun /ˈkroʊni/ a) Close friend. b) Trusted companion or partner in a criminal organization. See Also: cronyism …

    Wiktionary

  • 14 crony — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. chum, pal, friend. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. comrade, buddy*, cohort; see associate , friend 1 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. friend, companion, comrade, ally, pal, *chum, *buddy, *sidekick,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 15 crony — cro|ny [ˈkrəuni US ˈkrouni] n plural cronies [C usually plural] [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: Probably from Greek chronios long lasting , from chronos time ] one of a group of people who spend a lot of time with each other used to show disapproval sb …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 crony — cro|ny [ krouni ] noun count a friend or supporter, especially of someone powerful. This word shows that you dislike the person and their friends …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 crony —   …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 18 crony — [[t]kro͟ʊni[/t]] cronies N COUNT: usu poss N You can refer to friends that someone spends a lot of time with as their cronies, especially when you disapprove of them. [INFORMAL] Daily he returned, tired and maudlin from lunchtime drinking… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 crony — cro·ny || krəʊnɪ n. buddy, friend …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 crony — corny …

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