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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: Probably from Greek chronios 'long-lasting', from chronos 'time'

crony

noun
     
cro‧ny plural cronies [countable usually plural]
one of a group of people who spend a lot of time with each other - used to show disapproval
somebody's cronies
the senator's political cronies.
WORD FOCUS: friend WORD FOCUS: friend
similar words: mate BrE informal, buddy AmE informal, pal informal, chum BrE informal, crony disapproving


See also
friend

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