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[kroon] /krun/
verb (used without object)
to sing or hum in a soft, soothing voice:
to croon to a baby.
to sing in an evenly modulated, slightly exaggerated manner:
Popular singers began crooning in the 1930s.
to utter a low murmuring sound.
Scot. and North England.
  1. to bellow; low.
  2. to lament; mourn.
verb (used with object)
to sing (a song) in a crooning manner.
to lull by singing or humming to in a soft, soothing voice:
to croon a child to sleep.
the act or sound of crooning.
Origin of croon
1350-1400; Middle English cronen < Middle Dutch: to lament
Related forms
crooner, noun
crooningly, adverb Unabridged
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  • At that Grandma Holly crooned some single indistinguishable syllable in her throat, and then off came the cloak.

    Friendship Village Zona Gale
  • He pressed his hand over the glossy neck of the horse and crooned to it.

    Colorado Jim George Goodchild
  • But Stephen chattered and sparkled undeterred, and the old ladies chuckled and crooned with satisfaction.

    The House by the River A. P. Herbert
  • Gathering Polly tenderly in his arms, he crooned over her like a mother.

  • "I am tired,—very tired," she crooned, as a child about to fall asleep.

    The Hill of Venus Nathan Gallizier
  • "The light one, the light one—the heavy one to come," crooned the Welshwoman.

    The Upper Berth Francis Marion Crawford
  • Then he sang the ballad she had crooned in the amber sunset, so many, many months ago!

    Jessamine Marion Harland
  • Old Worble crooned and doddered, and feebly repeated "Picnic?"

British Dictionary definitions for crooned


to sing or speak in a soft low tone
a soft low singing or humming
Derived Forms
crooner, noun
Word Origin
C14: via Middle Dutch crōnen to groan; compare Old High German chrōnan to chatter, Latin gingrīre to cackle (of geese)
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Word Origin and History for crooned



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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for crooned



  1. To sing in a relaxed and mellow style: Rudy Vallee crooned his way to immortality
  2. To sing

[1460+; fr Scots dialect; related to Dutch kreunen, ''groan, whimper'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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