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noun, plural cro·nies.
  1. a close friend or companion; chum.
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Origin of crony

1655–65; alleged to be university slang; perhaps < Greek chrónios for a long time, long-continued, derivative of chrónos time; cf. chrono-


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noun plural -nies
  1. a friend or companion
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Word Origin

C17: student slang (Cambridge), from Greek khronios of long duration, from khronos time
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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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