Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To hum or sing softly.
  • intransitive verb To sing popular songs in a soft, sentimental manner.
  • intransitive verb Scots To roar or bellow.
  • intransitive verb To sing softly or in a humming way.
  • noun A soft singing or humming.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A low, hollow moan or bellow.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To hum or sing softly or in a sentimental manner.
  • noun A soft or sentimental hum or song.

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

  • verb sing softly

Etymologies

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

[Middle English crounen, from Middle Dutch krōnen, to lament; see gerə- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

Examples

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  • 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

  • a croon too soon

    November 16, 2013