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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

Americal Dictionary of the English Language

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Crony

CRONY, noun [See Crone. But this word seems to carry the sense of fellowship; to join, to associate; whence its derivative, an associate.] An intimate companion; an associate; a familiar friend.

To oblige your crony Swift, bring our dame a new years gift.

Hence, an old crony is an intimate friend of long standing.