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croon

[kroon] /krun/
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.
  1. to bellow; low.
  2. 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
1350-1400; Middle English cronen < Middle Dutch: to lament
Related forms
crooner, noun
crooningly, adverb
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Examples from the web for crooner
  • It got its name for the suspect's resemblance to the famous crooner.
  • He's considered so uncool and ultra mellow, a fuddy-dud in a cardigan sweater, a crooner whose voice could be served as hot toddy.
  • If her delivery is not as soft as that of a crooner, she also never really raises her voice.
  • But there is another problematic artist on the label's roster, one long considered an innocuous crooner.
  • But there's no denying that the off-kilter crooner has reigned as the king of coiffures.
  • A crooner is a singer of popular ballads and thus a balladeer.
British Dictionary definitions for crooner

croon

/kruːn/
verb
1.
to sing or speak in a soft low tone
noun
2.
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 crooner
n.

type of popular singer, 1930, agent noun from croon.

croon

v.

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 crooner

croon

verb
  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'']


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