\ 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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Frank Sinatra’s crooning voice fills the air, along with the aroma of incense. USA TODAY, "Alcohol-soaked American culture faces a countertrend: Sober bars, parties and raves," 2 July 2019 By 1956 the teenage Johnson was professionally pounding the keyboard and crooning the blues. Doug Maccash,, "You’re invited to Al ‘Carnival Time’ Johnson’s 80th birthday party, Thursday," 17 June 2019 Nearly all of the singing is done only by Martin himself, who croons straight into the camera lens. Liz Arcury, Marie Claire, "The 8 Best Celebrity Holiday Specials Ever," 29 Nov. 2018 Memorable gatherings on her front porch, with uncles crooning Motown tunes, ended. Annie Sweeney,, "In hopes of stopping bloodshed, a multimillion-dollar effort is providing jobs, therapy to city's most violent," 8 June 2018 Bands like Culture Club and The Information Society were at the forefront of the movement with their crooning tunes, tattered tresses, experimental makeup styles. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "The Youth Culture Magazine That Put Naomi Campbell and Missy Elliot on the Cover Is Relaunching," 1 Apr. 2019 Imagine House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi yelling over Jerry Blavat crooning from the stage while Mummers roamed the floor. Chris Brennan,, "The left-wing uprising that led to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's victory in N.Y.? It happened first in Pa. | Clout," 6 July 2018 Chrissy croons at her daughter as Luna dances around (that's Misty Copeland, FYI, who is apparently Luna's hero). Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Best Wife Ever Chrissy Teigen Throws John Legend a Sparkly Birthday Bash," 13 Jan. 2019 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'croon.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about croon

Dictionary Entries near croon



croo monkey





Statistics for croon

Last Updated

7 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for croon

The first known use of croon was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for croon



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on croon

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with croon

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for croon

Spanish Central: Translation of croon

Nglish: Translation of croon for Spanish Speakers

Comments on croon

What made you want to look up croon? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


characterized by aphorism

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!