Definition of crone in English:

crone

noun

  • An ugly old woman.

    • ‘Withered crones filled every seat, wrapped in thick black woolen coats, huddled forwards like emperor penguins defending their young.’
    • ‘Actress Patricia Doyle, the narrator, plays her as an embittered crone looking back on her wicked life.’
    • ‘The crowd whooped again, and I looked around expecting to see old crones knitting happily as the blood flowed.’
    • ‘He stared pointedly at one old crone who watched him distrustfully, daring her to say something.’
    • ‘The frigid old crone who taught us made copulation seem like the most boring thing possible.’
    • ‘An old crone of a woman saw me looking at the delicacies.’
    • ‘Candle clutching crones, eyes and teeth flashing, pray to the locked white-washed church, to ask Bon Dieu Bon (God oversees all the voodoo spirits as he does the Catholic saints) to bless their services.’
    • ‘One day, he would give that prehistoric crone what was coming to her, but not today.’
    • ‘I imagined a withered old crone with faerie wings dull and tattered with age.’
    • ‘Do not pass Go or collect 100 francs, go directly to the Bastille, where you will be decapitated by an angry mob of toothless old crones.’
    • ‘Darting around the room with unusual energy for her age was a wizened old crone.’
    • ‘You left Trudy alone when she could've used your knowledge the most, you shriveled crone.’
    • ‘He was in the presence of the Great Lady who was at once, an unblemished virgin, a pregnant mother and a wizened crone.’
    • ‘The cackling crones will be unleashed when scenes from Roald Dahl's children's classic The Witches are staged at a theatrical show.’
    • ‘If we made a habit of yielding to prejudice we would restore capital punishment, stone people to death and drown old crones in pointed hats.’
    • ‘She crawled outside to spot a lone figure speeding away - something bent like an aged crone, smoky hair streaming out behind it as it loped with unnatural speed.’
    • ‘One of the women, a wrinkled crone, smiled, her thin lips pulling back to reveal yellow teeth.’
    • ‘He is not the ideal spokesman to challenge a double standard that celebrates older fathers as randy old goats, but shudders at older mothers as unnatural crones.’
    • ‘Originally, witches were nasty old crones who made evil potions.’
    • ‘Witches were no longer young and seductive, but old crones, who symbolised the bad mothers of nightmare.’
    • ‘Wiltshire sits in her dining room by a painting of a crone in Welsh costume with black stovepipe hat.’
    • ‘What's the difference between a crone, witch and hag again?’
    • ‘I tried to sign to the cackling crone that someone was already sitting in the seat she had chosen, but she just kept looking at me and laughing.’
    • ‘While the majority jostle for a bit more elbow room under their comfy security blanket of togetherness, I find myself left out in the cold with all the other disagreeable old crones.’
    • ‘Thalia had no idea what this old crone was talking about, and figured she was probably mumbling something irrelevant to herself.’
    • ‘Indeed, the main issue with this is the lack of sympathy we have for the main character, old crone Hetty March.’
    • ‘She turned to the old chuckling crone, snarling all the way.’
    • ‘This was absolutely the last time he did that old crone's bidding, he didn't care how close of a friend she was.’
    • ‘Once three graces, now three crones, the old women preside over their table and their kingdom of life.’
    • ‘Consumed with vengeance, the Queen brews up a potion that transforms her into a gnarled old crone.’
    • ‘Sophie is transformed into an old woman by the spell of a crone called The Witch of the Waste.’
    • ‘Her appearance in The Brothers Grimm sees her play the Mirror Queen, a withered 500-year-old crone.’
    • ‘It is inhabited almost exclusively by a group of old crones.’
    • ‘It would have seemed strange to onlookers for some old crone to have suddenly laughed at nothing at all.’
    • ‘For Riley, Three Tall Women lends itself to the archetypes of the maiden, the mother and the crone, what she refers to as the tri-goddess.’
    • ‘Oanss, Ann thought, would still be in his prime when she was a dying, bitter old crone in a wheelchair.’
    • ‘For several minutes I ignored that crone, hoping that she would go away or that someone else would see her and do the gentlemanly thing; fat chance.’
    • ‘I would not give them to that old crone, despite what she promises you in return.’
    • ‘Not one child laughed, no infant wailed, no hawker or crone haggled for staring.’
    • ‘First, in her challenging study The Boy, our chief feminist guru Germaine Greer pronounces that it's all right for us crones to drool over the beauty of young men.’

Origin

Late Middle English: via Middle Dutch croonje, caroonje ‘carcass, old ewe’ from Old Northern French caroigne ‘carrion, cantankerous woman’ (see carrion).

Pronunciation

crone

/krəʊn/