Meaning of crone in English:


Pronunciation /krəʊn/

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  • An ugly old woman.

    ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Witches were no longer young and seductive, but old crones, who symbolised the bad mothers of nightmare.’
    • ‘Sophie is transformed into an old woman by the spell of a crone called The Witch of the Waste.’
    • ‘He was in the presence of the Great Lady who was at once, an unblemished virgin, a pregnant mother and a wizened crone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She pronounces that it's all right for us crones to drool over the beauty of young men.’
    • ‘Withered crones filled every seat, wrapped in thick black woolen coats, huddled forwards like emperor penguins defending their young.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The crowd whooped again, and I looked around expecting to see old crones knitting happily as the blood flowed.’
    • ‘Wiltshire sits in her dining room by a painting of a crone in Welsh costume with black stovepipe hat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Actress Patricia Doyle, the narrator, plays her as an embittered crone looking back on her wicked life.’
    • ‘It is inhabited almost exclusively by a group of old crones.’
    • ‘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).