Definition of croon in English:



  • 1 Hum 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’
    • ‘Further, Jake does not just sing, he croons, swoons, bellows and lets it all loose.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On ‘Caught Between’, Eno's voice croons from the distance over slow shimmering beats, and minimal piano and guitar lines.’
    • ‘But it wasn't pitch-perfect crooning that made her such an icon.’
    • ‘The karaoke-mad couple love nothing better than getting up and crooning hit songs.’
    • ‘‘We learn to communicate as babies through crooning and singing from our mothers,’ he says.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Should Australia's national anthem be sung straight or is it all right to warble, croon or rock it up?’
    • ‘You're not just singing, you're crooning and your voice is all mellow and smooth and tastes like honey.’
    • ‘I flopped onto my back and started crooning in my off key voice.’
    • ‘And, odd as it may seem, his voice was strikingly beautiful as he crooned that line.’
    • ‘The female singer crooned, and the audience didn't miss a note.’
    • ‘The album comes to a perfect end with female vocals crooning about a spinning top slowly coming to a stop.’
    • ‘Invite a Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist to croon with your best student bands and fill the theatre.’
    • ‘I was pleasantly surprised when she crooned ditties sung by other playback singers in concerts.’
    • ‘Most of the tunes are instrumental, though he drafts a few guest vocalists to quietly croon or blues-up the sound.’
    • ‘He croons the words mawkishly, holding the mike close to his mouth, keeping a straight face.’
    • ‘‘Lovely Leia’ my Mamma would croon in a sing song voice to me as I lay curled in her lap.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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. 1.1[with direct speech]Say in a soft, low voice.
      ‘‘Goodbye, you lovely darling,’ she crooned’
      • ‘I spoke to him, crooning soft, comforting words.’
      • ‘My mother's voice croons in my ear, ‘Darling, what's the matter?’’
      • ‘‘Shannon, you really need to stop being so sullen,’ the quiet voice crooned over the phone.’
      • ‘But then, a peaceful, mature, controlled voice crooned next to them.’
      • ‘‘Oh, come on, honey, don't be that way,’ a familiar voice crooned.’


  • [in singular] A soft, low voice or tone.

    ‘he sang in a gentle, highly expressive croon’
    • ‘Kieran held the animal to the rapid pace with a soft croon of reassurance that Michael doubted he felt.’
    • ‘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 vocal performance is powerfully nuanced as he veers from a soft, uncomfortably high croon to a barely contained wail by song's end.’
    • ‘His recognizable croon is as heartfelt as ever but it's the three-part harmonies that really transport these songs.’
    • ‘He's using it more traditionally, but his blend of eerie falsetto and soulful croon remains striking.’
    • ‘But, at heart, this is business as usual - ballads and mid-tempo tunes delivered in that familiar husky 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He went rigid with excitement and did a jig around the living room, keening an unearthly croon of delight.’
    • ‘His singing style suddenly changed into a deliberate croon.’
    • ‘The vocals plateau at a whining croon throughout the most of the album.’
    • ‘His heavily reverbed soft croon is accompanied by a simple acoustic guitar and bongo arrangement with a slide guitar punctuating the choruses.’
    • ‘Hey, if you listen carefully enough around Christmas time, you might even catch the dulcet croon of a certain Mr Bing Crosby.’
    • ‘Who, back in 1991, would have guessed that his clenched-teeth complaining-voice came along with such an expressive croon?’
    • ‘At times, he'll whisper in a low-key croon.’
    • ‘The lilting croon of a young woman singing, the soft rumble of a man.’
    • ‘‘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.’


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.