crony

[ kroh-nee ]
/ ˈkroʊ ni /

noun, plural cro·nies.

a close friend or companion; chum.

Nearby words

  1. cronkhite-canada syndrome,
  2. cronkite,
  3. cronkite, walter,
  4. cronus,
  5. cronut,
  6. cronyism,
  7. cronyn,
  8. crook,
  9. crook one's elbow,
  10. crook, george

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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British Dictionary definitions for crony

crony

/ (ˈkrəʊnɪ) /

noun plural -nies

a friend or companion

Word Origin for crony

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

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Word Origin and History for crony

crony

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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