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crony

[kroh-nee]
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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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Related Words for crony

colleague, comrade, acquaintance, buddy, associate, chum, confidant, accomplice, intimate, sidekick, mate, partner, pal, friend, comate

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British Dictionary definitions for crony

crony

noun plural -nies
  1. a friend or companion
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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

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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