Definition of crony in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkrəʊni

noun (plural cronies)

informal , often • derogatory
  • A close friend or companion: he went gambling with his cronies
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    • 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.

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