Definition of crone in US English:



  • An old woman who is thin and ugly.

    • ‘It would have seemed strange to onlookers for some old crone to have suddenly laughed at nothing at all.’
    • ‘One of the women, a wrinkled crone, smiled, her thin lips pulling back to reveal yellow teeth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One day, he would give that prehistoric crone what was coming to her, but not today.’
    • ‘Actress Patricia Doyle, the narrator, plays her as an embittered crone looking back on her wicked life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thalia had no idea what this old crone was talking about, and figured she was probably mumbling something irrelevant to herself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He stared pointedly at one old crone who watched him distrustfully, daring her to say something.’
    • ‘The cackling crones will be unleashed when scenes from Roald Dahl's children's classic The Witches are staged at a theatrical show.’
    • ‘I imagined a withered old crone with faerie wings dull and tattered with age.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was in the presence of the Great Lady who was at once, an unblemished virgin, a pregnant mother and a wizened crone.’
    • ‘Once three graces, now three crones, the old women preside over their table and their kingdom of life.’
    • ‘The frigid old crone who taught us made copulation seem like the most boring thing possible.’
    • ‘You left Trudy alone when she could've used your knowledge the most, you shriveled crone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wiltshire sits in her dining room by a painting of a crone in Welsh costume with black stovepipe hat.’
    • ‘Consumed with vengeance, the Queen brews up a potion that transforms her into a gnarled old crone.’
    • ‘Indeed, the main issue with this is the lack of sympathy we have for the main character, old crone Hetty March.’
    • ‘Oanss, Ann thought, would still be in his prime when she was a dying, bitter old crone in a wheelchair.’
    • ‘It is inhabited almost exclusively by a group of old crones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What's the difference between a crone, witch and hag again?’
    • ‘An old crone of a woman saw me looking at the delicacies.’
    • ‘Not one child laughed, no infant wailed, no hawker or crone haggled for staring.’
    • ‘Darting around the room with unusual energy for her age was a wizened old crone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She turned to the old chuckling crone, snarling all the way.’
    • ‘Withered crones filled every seat, wrapped in thick black woolen coats, huddled forwards like emperor penguins defending their young.’
    • ‘The crowd whooped again, and I looked around expecting to see old crones knitting happily as the blood flowed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Witches were no longer young and seductive, but old crones, who symbolised the bad mothers of nightmare.’
    • ‘This was absolutely the last time he did that old crone's bidding, he didn't care how close of a friend she was.’
    • ‘Sophie is transformed into an old woman by the spell of a crone called The Witch of the Waste.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her appearance in The Brothers Grimm sees her play the Mirror Queen, a withered 500-year-old crone.’
    • ‘Originally, witches were nasty old crones who made evil potions.’


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