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Definition of the noun crony

What does crony mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: cronies

  1. a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities
    • example: Tom is a crony capitalist.
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonyms of crony: brother / buddy / chum / pal / sidekick
    • more generic word: friend = a person you know well and regard with affection and trust
    • more specific word: cobber = Australian term for a pal

Alternative definition of the noun crony


  1. [informal] Close friend.
  2. [informal] Trusted companion or partner in a criminal organization.


  1. Crony is a fictional character from the 2009 film The Stoneman Murders.
  2. Crony is a fictional character from the 1951 film The Redhead and the Cowboy.
  3. Crony is a fictional film character.

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Google previewDictionary of Phrase and Fable (1898)

Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions, and Words that Have a Tale to Tell by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

An old crony is an intimate of times gone by. Probably crone with the diminutive te for endearment, and equivalent to “dear old fellow,” “dear old boy.” (See CRONE.) Crook in the Lot. in the lot of everyone. There is vexation bound up in every ...

Google previewThe Imperial Dictionary (1863)

English, Technological, and Scientific by John Ogilvie

Hence, an old crony is an intimate friend of long standing. CRQQK, n. [Sw. krok; Ir . cruca, W. crwg, crwca, croca; Goth. hrugg, a shepherd's crook, which in Italian is rocco; W. crug, a heap, a rick; Sax. hric; Eng. a ridge; Ger, ricken, the back or ...

Google previewGlobal Comparative Management (2009)

A Functional Approach by Ralph B. Edfelt

(Crony is a term applied to a trusted person such as a relative or long-standing acquaintance, client, colleague, or friend; cronyism is common in higher-context cultures, e.g., Confucian, Latin, Arab.) Network capitalism is the term applied to ...

Google previewThe Reading Teacher's Word-a-Day (2008)

180 Ready-to-Use Lessons to Expand Vocabulary, Teach Roots, and Prepare for Standardized Tests by Edward B. Fry, Ph.D.

A crony is a close companion, someone you have known for a long time. Supposedly originating in the seventeenth century as a slang word from Cambridge University, it has come to be recognized as a full-fledged English word, which ...

Google previewThe Wordsworth Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2001)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

An old crony is an intimate of times gone by. The word was originally (17th cent.) University slang, and seems to have no connexion with crone (g.v.) ; it may be from Gr. kroniot, long-lasting (kronos, time), meaning a long-lasting friend. Crook.

Google previewThe fall of Fort Sumter, or, Love and war in 1860-61 (1857)

by John Ballou Newbrough

a crony is a satellite; a love tickle, is an electric thrill ; a plain compliment is an adamantine pavement whereon our duller sense trips in fear and trembling up to the genius of the immortal speaker ; and then we sigh — thus— our bosoms ...

Google previewDictionary of phrase and fable. [A dictionary of English literature] by W.D. Adams, with additions (1885)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

A a old crony is an intimate of times gone by. Probably crone with the diminutive ie for endearment, and equivalent to ...

Google previewEconomics: The Definitive Encyclopedia from Theory to Practice [4 volumes] (2017)

by David A. Dieterle Ph.D.

CRONY CAPITALISM A capitalist market is in force ...

Google previewA New Canting Dictionary (1725)

Comprehending All the Terms, Ancient and Modern, Used in the Several Tribes of Gypsies, Beggars, Shoplisters, Highwaymen, Foot-pads, and All Other Clans of Cheats and Villains : Interspersed with Proverbs, Phrases, Figurative Speeches, Etc. : Being a Complete Collection of All that Has Been Publish'd of that Kind : with Very Large Additions of Words Never Before Made Publick ... with a Preface, Giving an Account of the Original, Progress, Etc. of the Canting Crew, and Recommending Methods for Diminishing These Varlets, by Better Employment of the Poor : to which is Added a Complete Collection of Songs in the Canting Dialect

CRONY, a.Comeradco or intimate ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Lowland Scotch (1888)

With an Introductory Chapter on the Poetry, Humour, and Literary History of the Scottish Language and an Appendix of Scottish Proverbs by Charles Mackay

Crony, a comrade, a dear friend, a boon companion ; derived in a favourable ...

Google previewLittle Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (2014)

by Julia Cresswell

Crony was originally Cambridge University slang for 'an old friend , a contemporary'. Chum is the Oxford equivalent. The first record 263 Politics ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

Crony, which is a word of familiar parlance, is one who is an old acquaintance ; one with whom a person u very intimate.

Google previewInternational Dictionary of Public Management and Governance (2015)

by Gambhir Bhatta

Crony capitalism 149 order that the delivery date of the project's activities can be adhered to. Critical events can be rescheduled only if all parties, including the funding agency, give consent. (2) Critical events also imply criticality, which is the ...

Google previewOxford Dictionary of Word Origins (2010)

by Julia Cresswell

croissant crone crony crook croon crop cross crossword crotchet crotchety croup. banks of a river. In medieval English the spellings cocodrille and cokadrill were common. If you accuse someone of shedding crocodile tears, you mean they are ...

Google previewThe New Universities Dictionary ... (1922)

by George Jotham Hagaqr

a standard, law, or rule CRONY by which a correct ...

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I am against government by crony. (Harold L. Ickes)
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Scrabble value of C3R1O1N1Y4

The value of this 5-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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