croon

[ kroon ]
/ krun /

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.

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for croon

croon

/ (kruːn) /

verb

to sing or speak in a soft low tone

noun

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

croon


v.

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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