(noun, adjective)


1. being long-lasting and recurrent or characterized by long suffering

- chronic indigestion

- a chronic shortage of funds

- a chronic invalid

Similar word(s): degenerative

2. of long duration

- chronic money problems

Similar word(s): long, continuing

3. habitual

- a chronic smoker

Similar word(s): usual, inveterate

Sentences with chronic as an adjective:

- chronic unemployment; chronic poverty; chronic anger

- chronic cough; chronic headache; chronic illness

- Chronic patients must learn to live with their condition.

- He's a chronic smoker.

- That concert was chronic.

- They left him in a chronic condition.

- That was cool, chronic in fact.


1. (slang) Marijuana, typically of high quality.

2. (medicine) 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.

3. A person who is chronic, such as a criminal reoffender or a person with chronic disease.