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noun cro·ny \ˈkrō-nē\

: a close friend of someone; especially : a friend of someone powerful (such as a politician) who is unfairly given special treatment or favors

plural cronies

Full Definition of CRONY

:  a close friend especially of long standing :  pal

Examples of CRONY

  1. The mayor rewarded his cronies with high-paying jobs after he was elected.
  2. <the criminal's cronies were also closely questioned about the illegal gambling operation>

Origin of CRONY

perhaps from Greek chronios long-lasting, from chronos time
First Known Use: 1656

Rhymes with CRONY

CRONY Defined for Kids


noun cro·ny \ˈkrō-nē\
plural cro·nies

Definition of CRONY for Kids

:  a close friend especially of someone powerful (as a politician)


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