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

  • adj. Of long duration; continuing: chronic money problems.
  • adj. Lasting for a long period of time or marked by frequent recurrence, as certain diseases: chronic colitis.
  • adj. Subject to a habit or pattern of behavior for a long time: a chronic liar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of a problem, that continues over an extended period of time.
  • adj. Prolonged or slow to heal.
  • adj. Of a person, suffering from an affliction that is prolonged or slow to heal.
  • adj. Inveterate or habitual.
  • adj. Very bad, awful.
  • adj. Extremely serious.
  • adj. Good, great, as in "wicked"
  • n. A chronic one
  • n. Marijuana, typically of high quality.
  • n. 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to time; according to time.
  • adj. Continuing for a long time; lingering; habitual.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. A chronicle.

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

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


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

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

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


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