Definition of crony in English:


Syllabification: cro·ny
Pronunciation: /ˈkrōnē

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!
friend, companion, bosom friend, intimate, confidant, confidante, familiar, associate, accomplice, comrade
informal pal, chum, sidekick, partner in crime, buddy, amigo, compadre, mate, dawg
archaic compeer
(cronies) informal peeps


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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