a withered, witchlike old woman.

Nearby words

  1. cromwell, oliver,
  2. cromwell, richard,
  3. cromwell, thomas, earl of essex,
  4. cromwellian,
  5. cromwellian chair,
  6. cronic,
  7. cronin,
  8. cronin, a. j.,
  9. cronje,
  10. cronjé

Origin of crone

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle Dutch croonie old ewe < Old North French caronie carrion

Related formscron·ish, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cronish



a witchlike old woman

Word Origin for crone

C14: from Old Northern French carogne carrion, ultimately from Latin caro flesh

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Word Origin and History for cronish



late 14c., from Anglo-French carogne, from Old North French carogne, term of abuse for a cantankerous or withered woman, literally "carrion," from Vulgar Latin *caronia (see carrion).

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