Definition of croon in English:


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Pronunciation: /kruːn


[no object]
1Hum or sing in a soft, low voice, especially in a sentimental manner: she was crooning to the child [with object]: the female vocalist crooned smoky blues into the microphone
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  • ‘Lovely Leia’ my Mamma would croon in a sing song voice to me as I lay curled in her lap.
  • ‘We learn to communicate as babies through crooning and singing from our mothers,’ he says.
  • Further, Jake does not just sing, he croons, swoons, bellows and lets it all loose.
sing softly, hum, lilt, carol, warble, trill, quaver
rare troll
1.1 [with direct speech] Say in a soft, low voice: ‘Goodbye, you lovely darling,’ she crooned
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  • My mother's voice croons in my ear, ‘Darling, what's the matter?’
  • I spoke to him, crooning soft, comforting words.
  • But then, a peaceful, mature, controlled voice crooned next to them.


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A soft, low voice or tone: he sang in a gentle, highly expressive croon
More example sentences
  • Who, back in 1991, would have guessed that his clenched-teeth complaining-voice came along with such an expressive croon?
  • Kieran held the animal to the rapid pace with a soft croon of reassurance that Michael doubted he felt.
  • The vocals plateau at a whining croon throughout the most of the album.


late 15th century (originally Scots and northern English): from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch krōnen 'groan, lament'. The use of croon in standard English was probably popularized by Robert Burns.

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