Thursday, October 06, 2005
Crony and Crone
Webster's unabridged dictionary (1913) gives two definitions of crony:
- A crone. [Obs.]
- An intimate companion; a familiar friend. [Colloq.]
I would have thought that crony (old friend) and crone (old woman) were etymologically related, but the Online Etymology Dictionary, s.v. crone, says:
c.1386, from Anglo-Fr. carogne, from O.N.Fr., term of abuse for a cantankerous or withered woman, lit. "carrion," from V.L. *caronia.I wonder what the Oxford English Dictionary has to say about the origins of these two words.