What does crony mean?

Definitions for crony
ˈkroʊ nicrony

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. buddy, brother, chum, crony, pal, sidekicknoun

    a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities


  1. cronynoun

    Close friend.

  2. cronynoun

    Trusted companion or partner in a criminal organization.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Cronynoun

    a cant word. An old acquaintance; a companion of long standing.

    So when the Scots, your constant cronies,
    Th’ espousers of your cause and monies. Hudibras, p. iii.

    To oblige your crony Swift,
    Bring our dame a new year’s gift. Jonathan Swift.

    Strange, an astrologer should die,
    Without one wonder in the sky!
    Not one of all his crony stars,
    To pay their duty at his herse? Jonathan Swift.


  1. crony

    Cronyism is the spoils system practice of partiality in awarding jobs and other advantages to friends or trusted colleagues, especially in politics and between politicians and supportive organizations. For example, cronyism occurs when appointing "cronies" to positions of authority regardless of their qualifications. This is in contrast to a meritocracy, in which appointments are made based on merit. Politically, "cronyism" is derogatorily used to imply buying and selling favors, such as votes in legislative bodies, as doing favors to organizations, giving desirable ambassadorships to exotic places, etc. Cronyism is a specific form of favoritism.


  1. crony

    A crony is a close friend or companion, often used in a negative context to suggest favoritism, as in politics or business. It implies a potentially inappropriate or unethical close relationship between people who help each other to gain advantages or benefits.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cronynoun

    a crone

  2. Cronynoun

    an intimate companion; a familiar frend

  3. Etymology: [Orig., an old woman. See Crone.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crony

    krōn′i, n. an old and intimate companion. [Ety. unknown.]

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  1. corny

  2. croyn

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crony in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crony in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of crony in a Sentence

  1. Lakshheish M Patel:

    No FII or DII is selling, the fact is that the company management is profitting by bringing down share price through its unknown crony subsidiary. When the share price comes down from Rs.2800 to Rs.2500, the difference of Rs.500 goes in company owners pocket with small commission to inside operators, business news channels for helping and youtubers for spreading rumors

  2. Carly Fiorina:

    When you have a 70,000 page tax code, you've got to be very wealthy, very powerful, very well-connected to dig your way through that tax code, what I will continue to point out is the fact that every policy she is pursuing will make income inequality worse, not better, crony capitalism even worse, not better.

  3. Doug Sachtleben:

    We intentionally asked them about this, to test where they stood on crony capitalism.

  4. Bernie Sanders:

    I believe in fair market, American capitalism and that is a big difference between Secretary Clinton's Wall Street crony capitalism and Senator Sanders' socialism.

  5. Carly Fiorina:

    Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is right : crony capitalism is alive and well, government and government programs have grown so big, so powerful, so costly and so complex that only the big and the powerful can prosper. But Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is dead wrong about how to end crony capitalism. You see, whether it is Dodd-Frank, Obamacare or net neutrality, all this government complexity means the big get bigger, the small disappear, and the powerless are trapped.

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