Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of long duration; continuing.
  • adjective Lasting for a long period of time or marked by frequent recurrence, as certain diseases.
  • adjective Subject to a habit or pattern of behavior for a long time.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining or relating to time; having reference to time. Specifically
  • Continuing a long time; inveterate or of long continuance, as a disease; hence, mild as to intensity and slow as to progress: in pathology, opposed to acute.
  • Also, rarely, chronical.
  • noun A chronicle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Relating to time; according to time.
  • adjective Continuing for a long time; lingering; habitual.
  • adjective one which is inveterate, of long continuance, or progresses slowly, in distinction from an acute disease, which speedly terminates.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of a problem, that continues over an extended period of time.
  • adjective medicine Prolonged or slow to heal.
  • adjective Of a person, suffering from an affliction that is prolonged or slow to heal.
  • adjective Inveterate or habitual.
  • adjective informal Very bad, awful.
  • adjective informal Extremely serious.
  • adjective informal Good, great, as in "wicked"
  • noun A chronic one
  • noun slang Marijuana, typically of high quality.
  • noun medicine A condition of extended duration, either continuous or marked by frequent recurrence. Sometimes implies a condition which worsens with each recurrence, though that is not inherent in the term.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of long duration
  • adjective habitual
  • adjective being long-lasting and recurrent or characterized by long suffering

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French chronique, from Latin chronicus, from Greek khronikos, of time, from khronos, time.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From chronical, from Old French chronique, from Latin chronicus, from Ancient Greek χρονικός (khronikos, "of time"), from χρόνος (khronos, "time").

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  • A strain of medicinal marijuana.

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