crooned; crooning; croons

intransitive verb

chiefly Scotland : bellow, boom
: to sing or speak in a gentle murmuring manner
The mother crooned as she rocked the baby.
especially : to sing in a soft intimate manner adapted to amplifying systems

transitive verb

: to sing (something, such as a popular song or a lullaby) in a crooning manner
croons ballads that conjure up the tenderness of puppy love …Joan Morgan
croon noun

Example Sentences

The mother crooned as she rocked the baby.
Recent Examples on the Web But Clarkson and Parton weren’t going to use the debut live performance of their duet to croon a subdued ballad about the day-to-day grind of the workforce. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 1 Dec. 2022 On his new tour, Solis, who has 51 titles on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart — 11 of those No. 1 hits — will croon his timeless classics and newer gems. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, 31 Jan. 2022 The phases of the moon reflected onto the stage floor as Uchis draped herself over a temple-like structure to croon the song. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 9 Apr. 2021 Combs then began to croon the tune with just a keyboardist accompanying him. Anna Chan, Billboard, 16 Sep. 2020 The crooning Tacos and dancing Llamas may seem like the most outrageous part of the show. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, 7 Mar. 2020 At first, the woman, who has since been identified as professional singer Charlotte Awbery, tentatively croons the first few lines of Lady Gaga’s verse. Megan Mccluskey, Time, 19 Feb. 2020 New York's foxiest hipsters run Afrobeat and Julian Casablancas croon through a drum machine. Matt Wake |, al, 1 May 2020 And with time, the singer continues to wow us with her sultry dance moves and pop star croons. Nandi Howard, Essence, 21 Nov. 2019 See More

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Word History


Middle English croynen, from Middle Dutch cronen; akin to Old High German crōnen to chatter

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of croon was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Croon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


: to hum or sing in a low soft voice
croon a lullaby
croon noun
crooner noun

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