crone

crone

(krn), n. [OD. kronie, karonie, an old sheep, OF. carogne, F. charogne, carrion (also F. carogne ill-natured woman.). See Carrion, and Crony.] 1. An old ewe. [Obs.] Tusser.
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2. An old woman; -- usually in contempt.
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But still the crone was constant to her note.
Dryden.
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3. An old man; especially, a man who talks and acts like an old woman. [R.]
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The old crone [a negro man] lived in a hovel, . . . which his master had given him.
W. Irving.
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A few old battered crones of office.
Beaconsfield.
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