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

Related Words for crooned

hum, murmur, wail, roar, bellow, lull

Examples from the Web for crooned

Contemporary Examples of crooned

  • “All over the world there are children with hopes still burning, in the dreams of tomorrow,” she crooned.

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    Hillary Woos the Jews

    David Freedlander

    March 20, 2014

  • Vivien crooned about his attentions to her in August 1915: “He is all over me, is Bertie, and I simply love him.”

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    The Best of Brit Lit

    Peter Stothard

    May 17, 2010

Historical Examples of crooned

British Dictionary definitions for crooned



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 crooned



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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