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From Middle Dutch kronen (to groan, lament), from Proto-Germanic *kre-, from Proto-Indo-European *gerH- (to cry hoarsely).


  • IPA(key): /ˈkɹuːn/
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  • Rhymes: -uːn


croon (third-person singular simple present croons, present participle crooning, simple past and past participle crooned)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To hum or sing softly or in a sentimental manner.
    He was crooning a Frank Sinatra song.
    He was crooning, but I couldn't make out what the song was.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To say softly or gently
    • 2020, Sydney Ember, Sanders drives himself to the polls., New York Times:
      "Nice seeing you both," a woman at the check-in said. "Hey, I love you," another crooned.
  3. (transitive) To soothe by singing softly.
  4. (Scotland) To make a continuous hollow moan, as cattle do when in pain.
    • 1813, James Hogg, The Queen's Wake:
      Even the dull cattle crooned and gazed.

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croon (plural croons)

  1. A soft or sentimental hum or song.
    • 2012 June 26, Genevieve Koski, “Music: Reviews: Justin Bieber: Believe”, in The A.V. Club[1], archived from the original on 6 August 2020:
      And really, Michael Jackson is a more fitting aspiration for the similarly sexless would-be-former teen heartthrob, who’s compared himself to the late King Of Pop (perhaps a bit prematurely) on several occasions and sings in a Jackson-like croon over a sample of “We’ve Got A Good Thing Going” on Believe’s “Die In Your Arms.”