Definition of crone in English:



  • An ugly old woman.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was in the presence of the Great Lady who was at once, an unblemished virgin, a pregnant mother and a wizened crone.’
    • ‘Witches were no longer young and seductive, but old crones, who symbolised the bad mothers of nightmare.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is inhabited almost exclusively by a group of old crones.’
    • ‘Sophie is transformed into an old woman by the spell of a crone called The Witch of the Waste.’
    • ‘Wiltshire sits in her dining room by a painting of a crone in Welsh costume with black stovepipe hat.’
    • ‘Actress Patricia Doyle, the narrator, plays her as an embittered crone looking back on her wicked life.’
    • ‘The cackling crones will be unleashed when scenes from Roald Dahl's children's classic The Witches are staged at a theatrical show.’
    • ‘Originally, witches were nasty old crones who made evil potions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The crowd whooped again, and I looked around expecting to see old crones knitting happily as the blood flowed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Withered crones filled every seat, wrapped in thick black woolen coats, huddled forwards like emperor penguins defending their young.’
    • ‘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.’


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