\ 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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At the beginning, audience members held onto luminaries, some bearing uplifting sentiments, as The Voice coach crooned his popular love song. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Adam Levine Snuck in a Hidden Message During the Halftime Show and Everyone Missed It," 4 Feb. 2019 Even the game’s crooning theme song is an overt recreation of the iconic Snake Eater theme—itself a callback to early James Bond tunes. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Never Stop Sneakin’ is a brilliant send-up of ’90s stealth games," 12 July 2018 Before the show, the voices of Stevie Nicks, Gwen Stefani, Aretha Franklin and KT Tunstall crooned over the loudspeakers. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Gloria: A Life Is One Part Theater Experience, One Part Group Therapy," 19 Oct. 2018 Gallant reappears to croon his intoxicating hook in a dull white room with a woman nearby who turned a snake into a fashion accessory. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Gallant & A$AP Ferg Turn Blue for 'Doesn't Matter Remix' Video: Watch," 18 June 2018 For the first minute of the duet, things seem to be running smoothly — Sal is crooning away to the classic tune as Heidi descends from the ceiling sitting on top of a large candy cane. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch 'America's Got Talent' Judge Heidi Klum Fall in This Resurfaced "Santa Baby" Clip," 19 Dec. 2018 At least, that's what the country stars croon in their duet on the soundtrack of Netflix's Dumplin'. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Everyone Is Obsessed with Dolly Parton and Miranda Lambert's 'Dumplin'' Duet," 8 Dec. 2018 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

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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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