\ˈkrün \
crooned; crooning; croons

Definition of croon 

intransitive verb

1 chiefly Scotland : bellow, boom

2 : 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

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Other Words from croon

croon noun

Examples of croon in a Sentence

The mother crooned as she rocked the baby.

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That's right, megastar and crooning heartthrob Shawn Mendes is on the market and could possibly date YOU. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Guys, Shawn Mendes Is Totally Down to Date a Fan," 20 Aug. 2018 Against a plucky guitar groove, keys and drums, Hammond croons with less bite than Dylan’s original. Jessi Roti,, "15 of the weirdest Bob Dylan cover songs to celebrate his birthday," 24 May 2018 At Houston City Hall on Sunday evening, a large and lively crowd danced and clapped along to gospel songs crooned by different artists to mark the group’s founding. Brooke A. Lewis, Houston Chronicle, "Houston NAACP celebrates 100th anniversary," 1 July 2018 But Selena isn't the only ex that fans think The Weeknd is crooning about on My Dear Melancholy,. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "The Weeknd’s New Album Sparks Theories It’s About Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid," 30 Mar. 2018 Imagine starting your day with Towkio crooning good morning as the sun peeks through your blinds., "New Music To Know This Week: Arctic Monkeys, Towkio With SZA, & The Beths," 11 May 2018 During this period, St. Germain-des-Prés was in the midst of a jazz craze, and the Lutetia hosted frequent jazz performances in its bar — Josephine Baker crooned for patrons as did the French singers Boris Vian and Juliette Greco. New York Times, "An Enduring Paris Hotel in a New Light," 1 June 2018 From that, there's been a spate of recent duets albums by living stars Barbra Streisand and Barry Manilow crooning with the late Presley, Judy Garland and John Denver. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "He's been dead for 30 years. But he's coming in concert to South Florida," 10 July 2018 Chris Evans has crooned both Don’t Stop Believin’ and Three Times a Lady onscreen. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Jeremy Renner is about to become your kid's favorite singing Avenger (yes, really)," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of croon

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

History and Etymology for croon

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

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English Language Learners Definition of croon

: to sing (a song) in a low soft voice


\ˈkrün \
crooned; crooning

Kids Definition of croon

: to hum or sing in a low soft voice

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