\ ˈkrün How to pronounce croon (audio) \
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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In 1987, when Mr Mugabe tried to create a de facto one-party state, Western diplomats crooned that a firm hand was probably what the country needed. The Economist, "Zimbabwe’s economy is crashing and its people are hungry," 17 Aug. 2019 But only one was crooning about it — Don Neely, the San Jose State University music grad who formed the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra and has made a career of reviving 1920s and ’30s jazz classics. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "Puppy love: Meet Finn, the San Jose Sharks’ newest addition," 25 July 2019 Hanks’ Fred Rogers croons in his trademark red sweater. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "Tom Hanks is the Mister Rogers we’ve always wanted in new trailer," 22 July 2019 HBO Among Big Little Lies’ many motifs — waves crashing along the Monterey coast, Leon Bridges crooning, Laura Dern (in her role as maniacal rich lady Renata Klein) shrieking — is sending its female characters for a run. Kate Mooney, Vox, "What it means when the women of Big Little Lies go running," 26 July 2019 On a flight from Boston a few years ago, a young mother across the aisle from me tried jiggling, crooning, rocking, and patting her baby. Beth Thames |,, "Nursing is a natural act. Treat it like one," 24 July 2019 There was a festive atmosphere at the Encore during its grand opening on Sunday morning June 23, when company executives and employees cut the ribbon and let loose a colorful blast of fireworks, while Frank Sinatra crooned through the loudspeakers. Travis Andersen,, "Encore Boston Harbor took in $16.9 million in gaming revenue during opening week," 15 July 2019 The hard-rocking star — whose volcanic vocals and impassioned songs of empowerment are her trademarks — crooning easy-listening Top 40 hits in hotel bars? San Diego Union-Tribune, "Melissa Etheridge takes great pride in her music and in speaking (and being) out," 12 July 2019 Encore, which has 671 hotel rooms, 15 restaurants and lounges, and 3,158 slot machines, opened with a fireworks display and Frank Sinatra crooning through the loudspeakers Sunday. Joshua Miller,, "4 arrested in first 24 hours of casino operation in Everett," 24 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce croon (audio) \
crooned; crooning

Kids Definition of croon

: to hum or sing in a low soft voice

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