Definitions for dronedroʊn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the male of the honeybee and other bees that is stingless and makes no honey.

    Category: Entomology

  2. a craft operated by remote control, esp. a pilotless airplane guided by radio signals.

  3. a person who lives on the labor of others; parasitic loafer.

  4. a drudge.

Origin of drone:

bef. 1000; ME drone, drane, OE dran, dron


dronedroʊn(v.; n.)droned, dron•ing

  1. (v.i.)to make a continued, low, monotonous sound; hum; buzz.

  2. to speak in a monotonous tone.

  3. to proceed in a dull, monotonous manner (usu. fol. by on).

  4. (v.t.)to say in a dull, monotonous tone.

  5. (n.)a musical instrument or one of its parts producing a continuous low tone, esp. a bagpipe.

    Category: Music and Dance

    Ref: pedal point.

  6. a monotonous low tone; humming or buzzing sound.

Origin of drone:

1490–1500; see drone1 and cf. ME droun to roar, Icel drynja to bellow, Go drunjus noise


Princeton's WordNet

  1. drone(noun)

    stingless male bee in a colony of social bees (especially honeybees) whose sole function is to mate with the queen

  2. monotone, drone, droning(noun)

    an unchanging intonation

  3. dawdler, drone, laggard, lagger, trailer, poke(noun)

    someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind

  4. drone, pilotless aircraft, radio-controlled aircraft(noun)

    an aircraft without a pilot that is operated by remote control

  5. drone, drone pipe, bourdon(verb)

    a pipe of the bagpipe that is tuned to produce a single continuous tone

  6. drone(verb)

    make a monotonous low dull sound

    "The harmonium was droning on"

  7. drone, drone on(verb)

    talk in a monotonous voice


  1. drone(Noun)

    A male bee or wasp, which does not work but can fertilise the queen.

  2. drone(Noun)

    Someone who doesn't work; a lazy person, an idler.

  3. drone(Noun)

    A remotely controlled aircraft.

  4. drone(Noun)

    A low-pitched hum or buzz.

  5. drone(Noun)

    One who performs menial or tedious work; a drudge.

  6. drone(Noun)

    One of the fixed-pitch pipes on a bagpipe.

  7. drone(Noun)

    A genre of music similar to that of noise.

  8. drone(Verb)

    To produce a low-pitched hum or buzz.

  9. drone(Verb)

    To speak in a monotone way.

  10. Origin: From drone, from dran, from drēnaz, from dhrēn-. Cognate with German Drohne, dialectal German Dräne and Swedish drönare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Drone(verb)

    the male of bees, esp. of the honeybee. It gathers no honey. See Honeybee

  2. Drone(verb)

    one who lives on the labors of others; a lazy, idle fellow; a sluggard

  3. Drone(verb)

    that which gives out a grave or monotonous tone or dull sound; as: (a) A drum. [Obs.] Halliwell. (b) The part of the bagpipe containing the two lowest tubes, which always sound the key note and the fifth

  4. Drone(verb)

    a humming or deep murmuring sound

  5. Drone(verb)

    a monotonous bass, as in a pastoral composition

  6. Drone(noun)

    to utter or make a low, dull, monotonous, humming or murmuring sound

  7. Drone(noun)

    to love in idleness; to do nothing


  1. Drone

    In music, a drone is a harmonic or monophonic effect or accompaniment where a note or chord is continuously sounded throughout most or all of a piece. The word drone is also used to refer to any part of a musical instrument that is just used to produce such an effect.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. drone

    Ignorant sales or customer service personnel in computer or electronics superstores. Characterized by a lack of even superficial knowledge about the products they sell, yet possessed of the conviction that they are more competent than their hacker customers. Usage: “That video board probably sucks, it was recommended by a drone at Fry's” In the year 2000, their natural habitats include Fry's Electronics, Best Buy, and CompUSA.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. drone

    A land, sea, or air vehicle that is remotely or automatically controlled. See also remotely piloted vehicle.

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the male of the bee.

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