Etymology
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crony (n.)

"old familiar friend, intimate companion," 1660s, chrony, Cambridge student slang, probably from Greek khronios "long-lasting," from khronos "time" (see chrono-), on the notion of "old friend" or "a contemporary."

updated on May 18, 2018

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Definitions of crony from WordNet

crony (n.)
a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities;
Synonyms: buddy / brother / chum / pal / sidekick
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.