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

 

crony

 noun
noun
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 Origin mid 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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