crony

noun cro·ny \ ˈkrō-nē \
Updated on: 17 May 2018

Definition of crony

plural cronies
: a close friend especially of long standing : pal
  • played golf with his cronies

Examples of crony in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of crony

perhaps from Greek chronios long-lasting, from chronos time

CRONY Defined for English Language Learners

crony

Definition of crony for English Language Learners

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


CRONY Defined for Kids

crony

noun cro·ny \ ˈkrō-nē \

Definition of crony for Students

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


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