• IPA: /ˈkɹuːn/

croon (croons, present participle crooning; past and past participle crooned)

  1. (ambitransitive) To hum or sing softly or in a sentimental manner.
    • 1847 October 15, Currer Bell [pseudonym; Charlotte Brontë], Jane Eyre. An Autobiography. [...] In Three Volumes, volume 2, London: Smith, Elder, and Co., […], OCLC 3163777 ↗:
      hearing such stanzas crooned in her praise
  2. (ambitransitive) 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.
    • 1841 February–November, Charles Dickens, “Barnaby Rudge”, in Master Humphrey’s Clock, volume 73, London: Chapman & Hall, […], OCLC 633494058 ↗, (please specify the chapter number):
      The fragment of the childish hymn with which he sung and crooned himself asleep.
  4. (Scotland) To make a continuous hollow moan, as cattle do when in pain.
  • German: summen, säuseln
  • Russian: напева́ть
  • Spanish: canturrear

croon (plural croons)

  1. A soft or sentimental hum or song.
  • German: gefühlsbetontes Lied, sentimentaler Schlager, Schnulze, Schmacht­fet­zen

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