verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to sing (a song) in a crooning manner.
to lull by singing or humming to in a soft, soothing voice: to croon a child to sleep.


the act or sound of crooning.

Origin of croon

1350–1400; Middle English cronen < Middle Dutch: to lament
Related formscroon·er, nouncroon·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for croon

Contemporary Examples of croon

Historical Examples of croon

  • And croon they did through the long crowded way to Covent Garden.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • Then she began to croon to it, swinging it gently from side to side.

  • The croon of the old lady thrummed in his ears with endless repetition.

    The Blind Spot

    Austin Hall

  • Wake, then, if you may not sleep, but only to watch the moon rising and hear the croon of the sea.

    The Debatable Land

    Arthur Colton

  • Sometimes there was a croon in the voice, sometimes a touch of decrepit anger.

    The Hill of Venus

    Nathan Gallizier

British Dictionary definitions for croon



to sing or speak in a soft low tone


a soft low singing or humming
Derived Formscrooner, noun

Word Origin for croon

C14: via Middle Dutch crōnen to groan; compare Old High German chrōnan to chatter, Latin gingrīre to cackle (of geese)
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Word Origin and History for croon

c.1400, originally Scottish, from Middle Dutch kronen "to lament, mourn," perhaps imitative. Originally "to bellow like a bull" as well as "to utter a low, murmuring sound" (mid-15c.). Popularized by Robert Burns. Sense evolved to "lament," then to "sing softly and sadly." Related: Crooned; crooning.

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