Definition of crony noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkrəʊni//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkroʊni//
[usually plural] (pl. cronies) (often disapproving) Friends
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a person that somebody spends a lot of time with He was playing cards with his cronies. See related entries: Friends Word Originmid 17th cent. (originally Cambridge university slang): from Greek khronios ‘long-lasting’ (here used to mean ‘contemporary’), from khronos ‘time’. Compare with chum.
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