follow Dictionary.com

Get the details behind our redesign

chronic

[kron-ik] /ˈkrɒn ɪk/
adjective
1.
constant; habitual; inveterate:
a chronic liar.
2.
continuing a long time or recurring frequently:
a chronic state of civil war.
3.
having long had a disease, habit, weakness, or the like:
a chronic invalid.
4.
(of a disease) having long duration (opposed to acute).
noun
5.
Slang. cronic.
Also, chronical.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin chronicus < Greek chronikós, equivalent to chrón(os) time + -ikos -ic
Related forms
chronically, adverb
chronicity
[kro-nis-i-tee] /krɒˈnɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonchronic, adjective
nonchronical, adjective
nonchronically, adverb
subchronic, adjective
subchronical, adjective
subchronically, adverb
unchronic, adjective
unchronically, adverb
Can be confused
acute, chronic.
Synonyms
1. confirmed, hardened.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for un chronically

chronic

/ˈkrɒnɪk/
adjective
1.
continuing for a long time; constantly recurring
2.
(of a disease) developing slowly, or of long duration Compare acute (sense 7)
3.
inveterate; habitual a chronic smoker
4.
(informal)
  1. very bad the play was chronic
  2. very serious he left her in a chronic condition
Derived Forms
chronically, adverb
chronicity (krɒˈnɪsɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin chronicus relating to time, from Greek khronikos, from khronos time
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for un chronically
chronic
c.1600 (earlier form was chronical, 1520s), from O.Fr. chronique, from L. chronicus, from Gk. khronikos "of time," from khronos "time." Vague disapproving sense is from association with diseases (a connection found since c.1600).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
un chronically in Medicine

chronic chron·ic (krŏn'ĭk)
adj.
Of long duration. Used of a disease of slow progress and long continuance.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
un chronically in Science
chronic
  (krŏn'ĭk)   
Relating to an illness or medical condition that is characterized by long duration or frequent recurrence. Diabetes and hypertension are chronic diseases. Compare acute.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for un chronically

chronic

noun

Marijuana; pot: Smoking a spliff of high-octane chronic (1990s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for chronic

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for un

2
4
Scrabble Words With Friends