Crooner



[kroon] /krun/

verb (used without object)
1.
to sing or hum in a soft, soothing voice:
to croon to a baby.
2.
to sing in an evenly modulated, slightly exaggerated manner:
Popular singers began crooning in the 1930s.
3.
to utter a low murmuring sound.
4.
Scot. and North England.

verb (used with object)
5.
to sing (a song) in a crooning manner.
6.
to lull by singing or humming to in a soft, soothing voice:
to croon a child to sleep.
noun
7.
the act or sound of crooning.
/kruːn/
verb
1.
to sing or speak in a soft low tone
noun
2.
a soft low singing or humming
n.

type of popular singer, 1930, agent noun from croon.
v.

c.1400, originally Scottish, from Middle Dutch kronen “to lament, mourn,” perhaps imitative. Originally “to bellow like a bull” as well as “to utter a low, murmuring sound” (mid-15c.). Popularized by Robert Burns. Sense evolved to “lament,” then to “sing softly and sadly.” Related: Crooned; crooning.

verb

[1460+; fr Scots dialect; related to Dutch kreunen, ”groan, whimper”]

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