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crony

[kroh-nee] /ˈkroʊ ni/
noun, plural cronies.
1.
a close friend or companion; chum.
Origin of crony
1655-1665
1655-65; alleged to be university slang; perhaps < Greek chrónios for a long time, long-continued, derivative of chrónos time; cf. chrono-
Synonyms
pal, buddy.
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crony

/ˈkrəʊnɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
a friend or companion
Word Origin
C17: student slang (Cambridge), from Greek khronios of long duration, from khronos time
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n.

1660s, Cambridge student slang, probably from Greek khronios "long-lasting," from khronos "time" (see chrono-), and with a sense of "old friend," or "contemporary."

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