noun (plural cronies)• informal , often • derogatory
- A close friend or companion: he went gambling with his croniesMore example sentences
- Black and his cronies had sold themselves company assets at knockdown prices.
- Critics dismissed him as a political crony with little emergency-services experience.
- All that's needed is the support of a few like-minded political cronies and hey presto!
mid 17th century (originally Cambridge university slang): from Greek khronios 'long-lasting' (here used to mean 'contemporary'), from khronos 'time'. Compare with chum1.