• Of a problem, that continues over an extended period of time.
  • Prolonged or slow to heal.
  • Of a person, suffering from an affliction that is prolonged or slow to heal.
  • Inveterate or habitual.
  • Very bad, awful.
  • Extremely serious.
  • Good, great; "wicked".


  • Marijuana, typically of high quality.
  • A condition of extended duration, either continuous or marked by frequent recurrence. Sometimes implies a condition which worsens with each recurrence, though that is not inherent in the term.
  • A person who is chronic, such as a criminal reoffender or a person with chronic disease.


Opposite words


  • From chronical, from Old French cronike, from Latin chronicus, from Ancient Greek χρονικός ("of time"), from χρόνος.

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