Definition of crone in English:



  • An old woman who is thin and ugly.

    • ‘Darting around the room with unusual energy for her age was a wizened old crone.’
    • ‘She turned to the old chuckling crone, snarling all the way.’
    • ‘I imagined a withered old crone with faerie wings dull and tattered with age.’
    • ‘Her appearance in The Brothers Grimm sees her play the Mirror Queen, a withered 500-year-old crone.’
    • ‘The frigid old crone who taught us made copulation seem like the most boring thing possible.’
    • ‘I would not give them to that old crone, despite what she promises you in return.’
    • ‘Oanss, Ann thought, would still be in his prime when she was a dying, bitter old crone in a wheelchair.’
    • ‘Not one child laughed, no infant wailed, no hawker or crone haggled for staring.’
    • ‘He stared pointedly at one old crone who watched him distrustfully, daring her to say something.’
    • ‘One day, he would give that prehistoric crone what was coming to her, but not today.’
    • ‘This was absolutely the last time he did that old crone's bidding, he didn't care how close of a friend she was.’
    • ‘An old crone of a woman saw me looking at the delicacies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of the women, a wrinkled crone, smiled, her thin lips pulling back to reveal yellow teeth.’
    • ‘Once three graces, now three crones, the old women preside over their table and their kingdom of life.’
    • ‘Indeed, the main issue with this is the lack of sympathy we have for the main character, old crone Hetty March.’
    • ‘Thalia had no idea what this old crone was talking about, and figured she was probably mumbling something irrelevant to herself.’
    • ‘You left Trudy alone when she could've used your knowledge the most, you shriveled crone.’
    • ‘Consumed with vengeance, the Queen brews up a potion that transforms her into a gnarled old crone.’
    • ‘It would have seemed strange to onlookers for some old crone to have suddenly laughed at nothing at all.’


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