Synonyms for droned

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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DRONED

"The Sweet By and By" droned on, over and over, in the dark stuffiness of the crowded room.

All day long the town had droned and dosed under a drowsy heat.

“Your mind will be concerned only with the welfare of Caleb Barter,” droned on the voice.

He droned on in the night, with rising and falling inflections.

"True religion is the greatest boon," he droned sententiously.

"She knows about it all, she knows, she knows," droned Elfreda.

"There is a sphere, a foot in diameter, ten feet from me," droned Arcot.

He say,” droned the interpreter, “how much cattle you want to buy?

He droned on for some minutes, and then his voice died away.

Now it droned on its new course, forty-five degrees from the original.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English dran, dræn "male honeybee," from Proto-Germanic *dran- (cf. Middle Dutch drane; Old High German treno; German Drohne, which is from Middle Low German drone), probably imitative; given a figurative sense of "idler, lazy worker" (male bees make no honey) 1520s. Meaning "pilotless aircraft" is from 1946.

Meaning "deep, continuous humming sound" is early 16c., apparently imitative (cf. threnody). The verb in the sound sense is early 16c.; it often is the characteristic sound of airplane engines. Related: Droned; droning.

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