v. crooned, croon·ing, croons
1. To hum or sing softly.
2. To sing popular songs in a soft, sentimental manner.
3. Scots To roar or bellow.
To sing softly or in a humming way: crooning a lullaby.
A soft singing or humming.
[Middle English crounen, from Middle Dutch krōnen, to lament; see gerə-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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