croon

[ kroon ]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to sing or hum in a soft, soothing voice: to croon to a baby.

  2. to sing in an evenly modulated, slightly exaggerated manner: Popular singers began crooning in the 1930s.

  1. to utter a low murmuring sound.

  2. Scot. and North England.

verb (used with object)
  1. to sing (a song) in a crooning manner.

  2. to lull by singing or humming to in a soft, soothing voice: to croon a child to sleep.

noun
  1. the act or sound of crooning.

Origin of croon

1
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English cronen, from Middle Dutch: “to lament”

Other words from croon

  • croon·er, noun
  • croon·ing·ly, adverb

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How to use croon in a sentence

  • The camp-fire still blazed; near it a bagpipe crooned; now and again a horse shook in its harness.

    The Yeoman Adventurer | George W. Gough
  • "I'm moving onwards—gently onwards," crooned Edward Henry to himself.

    The Regent | E. Arnold Bennett
  • "They went down to the creek and took a drink," crooned Stacy, gazing steadily at the wide-eyed Chops.

British Dictionary definitions for croon

croon

/ (kruːn) /


verb
  1. to sing or speak in a soft low tone

noun
  1. a soft low singing or humming

Origin of croon

1
C14: via Middle Dutch crōnen to groan; compare Old High German chrōnan to chatter, Latin gingrīre to cackle (of geese)

Derived forms of croon

  • crooner, noun

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