Vivien crooned about his attentions to her in August 1915: “He is all over me, is Bertie, and I simply love him.”
“All over the world there are children with hopes still burning, in the dreams of tomorrow,” she crooned.
At that Grandma Holly crooned some single indistinguishable syllable in her throat, and then off came the cloak.
Gathering Polly tenderly in his arms, he crooned over her like a mother.
But Stephen chattered and sparkled undeterred, and the old ladies chuckled and crooned with satisfaction.
"The light one, the light one—the heavy one to come," crooned the Welshwoman.
"I am tired,—very tired," she crooned, as a child about to fall asleep.
Old Worble crooned and doddered, and feebly repeated "Picnic?"
Then he sang the ballad she had crooned in the amber sunset, so many, many months ago!
He pressed his hand over the glossy neck of the horse and crooned to it.
c.1400, originally Scottish, from Middle Dutch kronen "to lament, mourn," perhaps imitative. Originally "to bellow like a bull" as well as "to utter a low, murmuring sound" (mid-15c.). Popularized by Robert Burns. Sense evolved to "lament," then to "sing softly and sadly." Related: Crooned; crooning.
[1460+; fr Scots dialect; related to Dutch kreunen, ''groan, whimper'']