Crone (kr?n), n. [OD. kronie, karonie, an old sheep, OF. carogne, F. charogne, carrion (also F. carogne illnatured woman.). See Carrion, and Crony.]

1.

An old ewe.

[Obs.]

Tusser.

2.

An old woman; -- usually in contempt.

But still the crone was constant to her note. Dryden.

3.

An old man; especially, a man who talks and acts like an old woman.

[R.]

The old crone [a negro man] lived in a hovel, . . . which his master had given him. W. Irving.

A few old battered crones of office. Beaconsfield.

 

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