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
He begins to croon and she croons back, which delights him.
Singers, too, have a little something to croon about.
Bland onstage, mimicking that singer's languid, bluesy croon.
Entertainment is provided at the piano bar, where locals and tourists have also been known to croon their favorites.
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