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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v croon sing softly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Croon A low singing; a plain, artless melody.
    • Croon A low, continued moan; a murmur.
    • Croon To hum or sing in a low tone; to murmur softly. "Here an old grandmother was crooning over a sick child, and rocking it to and fro."
    • Croon To make a continuous hollow moan, as cattle do when in pain.
    • Croon To sing in a low tone, as if to one's self; to hum. "Hearing such stanzas crooned in her praise."
    • Croon To sing in a soft, evenly modulated manner adapted to amplifying systems, especially to sing in such a way with exaggerated sentimentality.
    • Croon To soothe by singing softly. "The fragment of the childish hymn with which he sung and crooned himself asleep."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • croon To utter a low continued murmuring sound resembling moaning or lamenting.
    • croon To sing softly and monotonously to one's self; hum softly and plaintively.
    • croon To utter a low muffled roar; bellow monotonously.
    • croon To sing in a low humming tone; hum; affect by humming.
    • n croon A low, hollow moan or bellow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Croon krōōn (Scot.) to utter a low, monotonous, inarticulate sound like a baby: to sing or hum in an undertone
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. croinen, cf. D. kreunen, to moan. √24
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cf. Dut. kreunen, to groan.


In literature:

Dimly and faint they croon, blue violins.
"American Poetry, 1922" by Edna St. Vincent Millay
All around the silent watchers the jungle voices whispered and crooned.
"Gold Out of Celebes" by Aylward Edward Dingle
I even found myself much calmer in spirit by the time I'd crooned and soothed the Twins off again.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
Mercy had learned that same song, as her mother crooned it long ago by the side of her cot.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
At that Grandma Holly crooned some single indistinguishable syllable in her throat, and then off came the cloak.
"Friendship Village" by Zona Gale
As the logs blazed up, the guests on the circle of benches crooned "Suwanee River," and "Old Black Joe," and Claire crooned with them.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
Something of the accents of the voice that crooned to her then was in the woman's tones now.
"Northern Lights" by Gilbert Parker
Religion was crooning a solemn old ditty, as she always did when alone and thinking.
"Shapes that Haunt the Dusk" by Various
He pressed his hand over the glossy neck of the horse and crooned to it.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
A fresh wind filled the sail, and ruffled Gulliver's white breast as he sat on the mast-head crooning a cheery song to himself.
"Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag VI" by Louisa M. Alcott
Suddenly the crying or singing voice in the next room died away, and the singer was heard seemingly to laugh to himself in a crooning manner.
"Masterpieces of Mystery, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by Various
Then she began to croon to it, swinging it gently from side to side.
"In Court and Kampong" by Hugh Clifford
Grannie was waiting up, crooning to herself over the fire.
"Little Folks (November 1884)" by Various
You leaned your cheek to touch the masses soft, The while you crooned some drowsy lullaby.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various
By-and-by the kitten came crooning and sidling up to her, and hopped into the box.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
They were all singing "Tipperary" with its Celtic croon and minor tones.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
She leaned over her patient and began once more the crooning song.
"The Invader" by Margaret L. Woods
He leaned across her knee, his curly head hanging down, and swayed to and fro, crooning a little sleepy song.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
Keeping to the trail, Rathburn mounted higher and higher and spoke continually to his horse in a crooning tone of encouragement.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
As her face came close to my own, I became aware of the humming, crooning sound I had heard before, louder this time.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various

In poetry:

And tender-hearted Lawson
Sang everybody's wrongs;
And Brennan, in the basement,
Crooned weird, symbolic songs.
"A Vision Splendid" by Victor James Daley
Little bird! O little bird!
Thou art music far away,
Like the tender croon of the mother loved
In the kindly sleep of death.
"Little Bird" by Anonymous Irish
Let them that guard the hornàed Moon
By my bedside their memories croon.
So shall I have new dreams and blest
In my brief rest.
"The Night" by Hilaire Belloc
But gi'e me Willie at his best,
His brain clear wi' a glass or twa;
An' I wad wager half a croon
That he wad fairly ding them a'.
"Blythe Willie Stewart" by Alexander Anderson
I heard, as still the seed he cast,
How, crooning to himself, he sung.
'I sow again the holy Past,
The happy days when I was young.
"The Sower" by James Russell Lowell
When gowden leaves are fallin' doon,
Each twirlin' like a dancer,
An' our elm wears a yaller croon?
"Thoo knaws reet well my answer.
"Autumn Tryst" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe

In news:

Sinatra crooned, the world swooned.
Like Kato, the LS is quietly eager to please, parallel parking itself and crooning through its Mark Levinson audio until danger demands its martial arts moves.
Manny Pacquiao shows gentle side crooning 70's love song.
The second half of Opening Night of Pops welcomes Gill 's country crooning.
"If you find yourself in lockup, write a song about a jail," Merle Haggard croons on "Laugh It Off," sounding like he just sneaked out of the drunk tank.
The phrase "touch me" had a lot more subtext when Jim Morrison crooned it in the Doors song of the same name.
Ray Johnson, a retired music teacher, composer and avid gardener croons, "Got the mole attack blues I hate moles," as he struts through his garden aiming a slingshot.
Crooning and Swinging in a Night of Reinvention.
The UK prog-rockers went Kid A with this year's The 2nd Law, but this was the LP's pop-ready cherry – all sweet Bonoish crooning by Matt Bellamy, electronically distressed backing vocals and deep-space bass wobble.
), this mutant jam shifts midway into a spooky carnival scene, with Cedric Bixler-Zavala's shivering whispers turning to rabid snarls, sultry croons, and heavy-metal howls.
Eddie Vedder and Glen Hansard croon and swoon at the Fabulous Fox, Friday, July 1.
Shannon Whitworth — She has garnered comparisons to everyone from Patsy Cline to Billie Holiday, but the smoky, sultry voice of Shannon Whitworth reminds me more of the languid crooning of Lucinda Williams.
President Barack Obama rocked the Apollo Theater in January when he proved he could croon with the best of them, with his rendition of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together.".
Despite the humid, summer-like temperature, last night's Matt Pond PA show at the Paradise Rock Club embodied the perfect autumn evening, combining Pond 's slow burning croon with a stage decorated with fall foliage.
Utah's most talented kids share their passions, from high-flying freestyle skiing to crooning away in Nashville.