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[kroh-nee] /ˈkroʊ ni/
noun, plural cronies.
a close friend or companion; chum.
1655-65; alleged to be university slang; perhaps < Greek chrónios for a long time, long-continued, derivative of chrónos time; cf. chrono-
pal, buddy. Unabridged
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  • The minister's cronies have an election coming up, and the best way to placate voters is to promise them land.
  • Two polyester-clad cronies kibitz while mannequins gyrate in a storefront window in the background.
  • Yes, the stray graduate student who sees you at the supermarket will notice, and perhaps scuttle off to tell his or her cronies.
  • He was giving the checkers to his cronies while things crumbled around him.
  • He and his cronies are waiting for an opportune moment.
  • On my sixty-fifth, a surprising number of office cronies greeted me cheerfully throughout the day.
  • There's something to this: the fewer management cronies there are on a board, the better.
  • His cronies are clearly worried that if he clings to power indefinitely, the ruling party will sink with him.
  • The house is a meeting place for all the neighborhood children, his relatives, and his cronies.
  • Our taxation system funnels income to the government who then redistributes it to cronies.
British Dictionary definitions for cronies


noun (pl) -nies
a friend or companion
Word Origin
C17: student slang (Cambridge), from Greek khronios of long duration, from khronos time
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Word Origin and History for cronies



1660s, Cambridge student slang, probably from Greek khronios "long-lasting," from khronos "time" (see chrono-), and with a sense of "old friend," or "contemporary."

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