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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.
  3. to utter a low murmuring sound.
  4. Scot. and North England.
    1. to bellow; low.
    2. to lament; mourn.
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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.
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noun
  1. the act or sound of crooning.
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Origin of croon

1350–1400; Middle English cronen < Middle Dutch: to lament
Related formscroon·er, nouncroon·ing·ly, adverb
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  • Briefly the crooner's voice wavered, the notes of the violins hesitated, but no one noticed.

    The Star Lord

    Boyd Ellanby

  • A name given to the crooner, crowner, or gray gurnard (Trigla gurnardus).

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth


British Dictionary definitions for crooner

croon

verb
  1. to sing or speak in a soft low tone
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noun
  1. a soft low singing or humming
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Derived Formscrooner, noun

Word Origin

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 crooner

n.

type of popular singer, 1930, agent noun from croon.

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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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