Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To hum or sing softly.
  • intransitive v. To sing popular songs in a soft, sentimental manner.
  • intransitive v. Scots To roar or bellow.
  • transitive v. To sing softly or in a humming way: crooning a lullaby.
  • n. A soft singing or humming.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To hum or sing softly or in a sentimental manner.
  • n. A soft or sentimental hum or song.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A low, continued moan; a murmur.
  • n. A low singing; a plain, artless melody.
  • intransitive v. To make a continuous hollow moan, as cattle do when in pain.
  • intransitive v. To hum or sing in a low tone; to murmur softly.
  • intransitive v. To sing in a soft, evenly modulated manner adapted to amplifying systems, especially to sing in such a way with exaggerated sentimentality.
  • transitive v. To sing in a low tone, as if to one's self; to hum.
  • transitive v. To soothe by singing softly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To utter a low continued murmuring sound resembling moaning or lamenting.
  • To sing softly and monotonously to one's self; hum softly and plaintively.
  • To utter a low muffled roar; bellow monotonously.
  • To sing in a low humming tone; hum; affect by humming.
  • n. A low, hollow moan or bellow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. sing softly

Etymologies

Middle English crounen, from Middle Dutch krōnen, to lament; see gerə-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle Dutch kronen ("to groan, lament"), from Proto-Germanic *kre-, from Proto-Indo-European *gerH- (“to cry hoarsely”). (Wiktionary)

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  • a croon too soon

    November 16, 2013


  • Sun-sparkle, dew-glisten,
    Star-glow and shower;
    Cool-flowing song at night
    Where the river bends,
    And the shingle croons a tune --
    These were our friends.

    - Marguerite Wilkinson, 'A Song of Two Wanderers'.

    October 4, 2008