\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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Examples of croon in a Sentence

The mother crooned as she rocked the baby.

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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 There's a beautiful moment, a moment of heart-stopping bliss, in which a few teenagers pass around a hashpipe, sending wisps of blue smoke skyward as Dylan croons his immortal chorus. Justin Chang,, "'Cold Water,' Olivier Assayas' brilliant 1994 film, finally arrives in the U.S.," 17 May 2018 The video showcases Lana in an unconventional wedding dress, crooning while wandering through the woods, batting those thick lashes and even biting her unseen partner's finger. Lauren Sheffield, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lana Del Rey Releases 'Ultraviolence' Video," 30 July 2014 John Mayer exists in many different forms: crooning heartthrob musician, Visvim completist, Nike campaign star, watch nerd. Cam Wolf, GQ, "John Mayer, Skincare Blogger," 23 Apr. 2018 Perry could barely keep it together as Holmes crooned a love song, and the camera zoomed in on her dreamy expression. Emily Yahr,, "'American Idol' treats Katy Perry's flirting as a joke. Some viewers aren't amused: analysis," 19 Mar. 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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