croon

[kroon]
verb (used without object)
1.
to sing or hum in a soft, soothing voice: to croon to a baby.
2.
to sing in an evenly modulated, slightly exaggerated manner: Popular singers began crooning in the 1930s.
3.
to utter a low murmuring sound.
4.
Scot. and North England.
a.
to bellow; low.
b.
to lament; mourn.
verb (used with object)
5.
to sing (a song) in a crooning manner.
6.
to lull by singing or humming to in a soft, soothing voice: to croon a child to sleep.
noun
7.
the act or sound of crooning.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English cronen < Middle Dutch: to lament

crooner, noun
crooningly, adverb
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croon (kruːn)
 
vb
1.  to sing or speak in a soft low tone
 
n
2.  a soft low singing or humming
 
[C14: via Middle Dutch crōnen to groan; compare Old High German chrōnan to chatter, Latin gingrīre to cackle (of geese)]
 
'crooner
 
n

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croon
c.1400, originally Scottish, from M.Du. kronen "to lament, mourn," perhaps onomatopoeic. Originally "to bellow like a bull" as well as "to utter a low, murmuring sound" (c.1460). Popularized by Robert Burns. Sense evolved to "lament," then to "sing softly and sadly." Crooner, as a type of popular singer,
is from 1930.
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Example sentences
His voice had the crooning humor of a highbrow vaudevillian.
For example, common loons sometimes approach a boat while crooning their gorgeous songs.
His graceful picking, gentle crooning, and homespun lyrics marked him as an exceptionally talented musician.
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