An example of a crone is a mean, old lady.
Origin of croneMiddle English term of abuse: beast, hag (revived by Sir Walter Scott in mod. sense) ; from Anglo-French carogne (see carrion) either directly or via Middle Dutch kronje in sense “old ewe”
- Derogatory An old woman considered to be ugly; a hag.
- A woman who is venerated for experience, judgment, and wisdom.
Origin of croneMiddle English, from Old North French carogne, carrion, cantankerous woman, from Vulgar Latin *car&omacron;nia, carrion, from Latin car&omacron;, carn-, flesh; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.