\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 Joe stands on the roof of an emergency vehicle and croons about making tiger eye contact. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, 28 Mar. 2020 In between the salad and seafood and chocolate mousse, the cabaret artist Justin Vivian Bond would get up from a table to croon, and models of all ages would sidle between the seats, dressed in Ms. Comey’s collection. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 10 Feb. 2020

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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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“Croon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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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