Definition of croon in English:



  • 1Hum or sing in a soft, low voice, especially in a sentimental manner.

    ‘she was crooning to the child’
    with object ‘the female vocalist crooned smoky blues into the microphone’
    • ‘Invite a Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist to croon with your best student bands and fill the theatre.’
    • ‘The female singer crooned, and the audience didn't miss a note.’
    • ‘His wife had snatched the child out of his arms one day as he sat on the doorstep crooning to it a song such as the mothers sing to babies in his mountains.’
    • ‘‘Lovely Leia’ my Mamma would croon in a sing song voice to me as I lay curled in her lap.’
    • ‘On ‘Caught Between’, Eno's voice croons from the distance over slow shimmering beats, and minimal piano and guitar lines.’
    • ‘At the end, instead of a fat lady singing, we get a thinner but happier Watt contentedly crooning about how great it is to be alive.’
    • ‘You're not just singing, you're crooning and your voice is all mellow and smooth and tastes like honey.’
    • ‘The karaoke-mad couple love nothing better than getting up and crooning hit songs.’
    • ‘Further, Jake does not just sing, he croons, swoons, bellows and lets it all loose.’
    • ‘Most of the tunes are instrumental, though he drafts a few guest vocalists to quietly croon or blues-up the sound.’
    • ‘The album comes to a perfect end with female vocals crooning about a spinning top slowly coming to a stop.’
    • ‘He croons the words mawkishly, holding the mike close to his mouth, keeping a straight face.’
    • ‘But it wasn't pitch-perfect crooning that made her such an icon.’
    • ‘Should Australia's national anthem be sung straight or is it all right to warble, croon or rock it up?’
    • ‘I flopped onto my back and started crooning in my off key voice.’
    • ‘I was pleasantly surprised when she crooned ditties sung by other playback singers in concerts.’
    • ‘Indeed, singing seems to be something new to him - or perhaps it is just that his voice is not right for the tunes he is crooning.’
    • ‘And, odd as it may seem, his voice was strikingly beautiful as he crooned that line.’
    • ‘‘We learn to communicate as babies through crooning and singing from our mothers,’ he says.’
    • ‘No amateur karaoke here, only recording contract voices crooning the classics accompanied by a really talented and funny pianist.’
    sing softly, hum, lilt, carol, warble, trill, quaver
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    1. 1.1with direct speech Say in a soft, low voice.
      ‘‘Goodbye, you lovely darling,’ she crooned’
      • ‘‘Oh, come on, honey, don't be that way,’ a familiar voice crooned.’
      • ‘‘Shannon, you really need to stop being so sullen,’ the quiet voice crooned over the phone.’
      • ‘My mother's voice croons in my ear, ‘Darling, what's the matter?’’
      • ‘I spoke to him, crooning soft, comforting words.’
      • ‘But then, a peaceful, mature, controlled voice crooned next to them.’


  • A soft, low voice or tone.

    ‘he sang in a gentle, highly expressive croon’
    • ‘He's using it more traditionally, but his blend of eerie falsetto and soulful croon remains striking.’
    • ‘Hey, if you listen carefully enough around Christmas time, you might even catch the dulcet croon of a certain Mr Bing Crosby.’
    • ‘Kieran held the animal to the rapid pace with a soft croon of reassurance that Michael doubted he felt.’
    • ‘The vocals plateau at a whining croon throughout the most of the album.’
    • ‘At times, he'll whisper in a low-key croon.’
    • ‘But, at heart, this is business as usual - ballads and mid-tempo tunes delivered in that familiar husky croon.’
    • ‘He went rigid with excitement and did a jig around the living room, keening an unearthly croon of delight.’
    • ‘Who, back in 1991, would have guessed that his clenched-teeth complaining-voice came along with such an expressive croon?’
    • ‘His vocal performance is powerfully nuanced as he veers from a soft, uncomfortably high croon to a barely contained wail by song's end.’
    • ‘20 years after his heyday, his signature croon is as smooth as ever.’
    • ‘And his voice seems to be mellowing into some kind of croon, which is odd in itself.’
    • ‘His recognizable croon is as heartfelt as ever but it's the three-part harmonies that really transport these songs.’
    • ‘The lilting croon of a young woman singing, the soft rumble of a man.’
    • ‘He is now master of his voice, having not only developed it into two distinct instruments - the lilting croon and the rich bark - but using each instrument in the proper settings.’
    • ‘His heavily reverbed soft croon is accompanied by a simple acoustic guitar and bongo arrangement with a slide guitar punctuating the choruses.’
    • ‘His singing style suddenly changed into a deliberate croon.’
    • ‘‘Poor baby,’ the Grandmother said in almost a croon.’
    • ‘But his pop songs showcase his singing, which starts off like he's reading his journal to a bored girlfriend, then takes flight in an impassioned croon.’
    • ‘Ronald still sings with the buttery croon of an angel.’
    • ‘There was the sneering velvety croon, power guitar chords and sharp melodies which seemed destined for success at home, in the United States and beyond.’


Late 15th century (originally Scots and northern English): from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch krōnen ‘groan, lament’. The use of croon in standard English was probably popularized by Robert Burns.