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[kroh-nee] /ˈkroʊ ni/

noun, plural cronies.
a close friend or companion; chum.
noun (pl) -nies
a friend or companion

1660s, Cambridge student slang, probably from Greek khronios “long-lasting,” from khronos “time” (see chrono-), and with a sense of “old friend,” or “contemporary.”


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