- to make a dull, continued, low, monotonous sound; hum; buzz.
- to speak in a monotonous tone.
- to proceed in a dull, monotonous manner (usually followed by on): The meeting droned on for hours.
- to say in a dull, monotonous tone.
- a continuous low tone produced by the bass pipes or bass strings of musical instruments.
- the pipes (especially of the bagpipe) or strings producing this tone.
- a bagpipe equipped with such pipes.
- a monotonous low tone; humming or buzzing sound.
- a person who speaks in a monotonous tone.
Origin of drone2
Related Words for dronedpurr, whirr, sound, drawl, hum, vibrate, intone, strum, buzz, chant, bombinate, nasalize, thrum
Examples from the Web for droned
Historical Examples of droned
"The Sweet By and By" droned on, over and over, in the dark stuffiness of the crowded room.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
All day long the town had droned and dosed under a drowsy heat.Capt'n Davy's Honeymoon
“Your mind will be concerned only with the welfare of Caleb Barter,” droned on the voice.The Mind Master
Arthur J. Burks
He droned on in the night, with rising and falling inflections.The Rescue
"True religion is the greatest boon," he droned sententiously.The Dragon Painter
Mary McNeil Fenollosa
- a male bee in a colony of social bees, whose sole function is to mate with the queen
- British a person who lives off the work of others
- a pilotless radio-controlled aircraft
Word Origin for drone
- (intr) to make a monotonous low dull sound; buzz or hum
- (when intr, often foll by on) to utter (words) in a monotonous tone, esp to talk without stopping
- a monotonous low dull sound
- a sustained bass note or chord of unvarying pitch accompanying a melody
- (as modifier)a drone bass
- music one of the single-reed pipes in a set of bagpipes, used for accompanying the melody played on the chanter
- a person who speaks in a low monotonous tone
Word Origin for drone
Old English dran, dræn "male honeybee," from Proto-Germanic *dran- (cf. Middle Dutch drane; Old High German treno; German Drohne, which is from Middle Low German drone), probably imitative; given a figurative sense of "idler, lazy worker" (male bees make no honey) 1520s. Meaning "pilotless aircraft" is from 1946.
Drones, as the radio-controlled craft are called, have many potentialities, civilian and military. Some day huge mother ships may guide fleets of long-distance, cargo-carrying airplanes across continents and oceans. Long-range drones armed with atomic bombs could be flown by accompanying mother ships to their targets and in for perfect hits. ["Popular Science," November, 1946]
Meaning "deep, continuous humming sound" is early 16c., apparently imitative (cf. threnody). The verb in the sound sense is early 16c.; it often is the characteristic sound of airplane engines. Related: Droned; droning.
- A male bee, especially a honeybee whose only function is to fertilize the queen. Drones have no stingers, do no work, and do not produce honey.
In military usage, a pilotless aircraft used for reconnaissance and, more recently, for launching aerial attacks.