: a stingless male bee (as of the honeybee) that has the role of mating with the queen and does not gather nectar or pollen
: one that lives on the labors of others : parasite
: an unmanned aircraft or ship guided by remote control or onboard computers
: to make a sustained deep murmuring, humming, or buzzing sound
droning bees The air conditioner droned.
: to talk in a persistently dull or monotonous tone
droning on and on about his health
: to pass, proceed, or act in a dull, drowsy, or indifferent manner
The afternoon droned on.
: to utter or pronounce with a drone
: to pass or spend in dull or monotonous activity or in idleness
droning the years away
: a deep sustained or monotonous sound : hum
the drone of the motor
: an instrument or part of an instrument (such as one of the fixed-pitch pipes of a bagpipe) that sounds a continuous unvarying tone