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



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.
    • Charlotte Brontë
      hearing such stanzas crooned in her praise
  2. (transitive) To soothe by singing softly.
    • Charles Dickens
      The fragment of the childish hymn with which he sung and crooned himself asleep.
  3. (Scotland) To make a continuous hollow moan, as cattle do when in pain.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Jamieson to this entry?)

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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 Onion AV Club[1]:
      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.”