American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An ugly, withered old woman; a hag.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A feeble and withered old woman: used depreciatively, and sometimes applied, with increased contempt, to a man.
- n. An old ewe.
- n. obsolete An old woman.
- n. An archetypal figure, a Wise Woman.
- n. An ugly, evil-looking, or frightening old woman; a hag.
- n. obsolete An old ewe.
- n. obsolete An old man, especially one who talks and acts like an old woman.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete An old ewe.
- n. An old woman; -- usually in contempt.
- n. rare An old man; especially, a man who talks and acts like an old woman.
- n. an ugly evil-looking old woman
- OD. kronie, karonie, an old sheep, Old French carogne, French charogne, carrion. See carrion and crony. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old North French carogne, carrion, cantankerous woman, from Vulgar Latin *carōnia, carrion, from Latin carō, carn-, flesh; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Mr Green said it was a cross between Huck Finn and Twilight, at which point your humble correspondent Lost the Plot and cackled like a crone from the back row of the Storey Hall.”
“That the crone is Polish must be constructed by the reader as a kind of logical inference: the Polish keep kosher, the crone keeps kosher, therefore the crone is Polish—that is, Orthodox.”
“It's pronounced just like the word crone, being named for the French town Crosne.”
“According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary the word crone dates back to the fourteenth century and is a Middle English term of abuse.”
“Having an understandably violent reaction to the word crone she looked it up in the dictionary.”
“The crone is the old woman of great power whose life wisdom comes from both her great age and the many things she has lived through.”
“The mother, maiden, and the crone are a pagan concept.”
“Yes, we're sure they were very important members of their society but we bet they didn't like being called a crone any more than we do.”
“Jill slips and calls the crone "mother" leading to a tender second between the two.”
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