croak

  • 1 Croak — Croak, v. t. To utter in a low, hoarse voice; to announce by croaking; to forebode; as, to croak disaster. [1913 Webster] The raven himself is hoarse, That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan. Shak. [1913 Webster] Two ravens now began to croak… …

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  • 2 Croak — (kr[=o]k), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Croaked}. (kr[=o]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Croaking}.] [From the primitive of AS. cracettan to croak as a raven; akin to G. kr[aum]chzen to croak, and to E. creak, crake.] 1. To make a low, hoarse noise in the throat,… …

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  • 3 croak´i|ly — croak|y «KROH kee», adjective. croak|i|er, croak|i|est. 1. making a croaking sound. 2. given to croaking. –croak´i|ly, adverb …

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  • 4 croak|y — «KROH kee», adjective. croak|i|er, croak|i|est. 1. making a croaking sound. 2. given to croaking. –croak´i|ly, adverb …

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  • 5 Croak — Croak, n. The coarse, harsh sound uttered by a frog or a raven, or a like sound. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 6 croak — croak·er; croak; …

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  • 7 croak — ► NOUN ▪ a characteristic deep hoarse sound made by a frog or a crow. ► VERB 1) utter a croak. 2) informal die. DERIVATIVES croaker noun croakily adverb croaky adjective (croakier …

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  • 8 croak — [v] make husky, squawking noise caw, crow, gasp, grunt, quack, squawk, utter huskily, utter throatily, wheeze; concept 77 …

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  • 9 croak — [krōk] vi. [ME croken < OE * cracian < cræcettan, to make sounds like a raven < IE base * ger (> CRAKE, CRANE, CROW2), of echoic orig.] 1. to make a deep, hoarse sound, as that of a frog or raven 2. to speak in deep, hoarse tones …

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  • 10 croak|er — «KROH kuhr», noun. 1. a person, animal, or thing that croaks. 2. any one of various fishes that make a croaking or grunting noise: »Two types of fish pan sized gulf croakers and large, gamey corbinas seem to be adapting to the desert sea s tepid… …

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  • 11 croak — [[t]kroʊk[/t]] v. i. 1) anb to utter a low pitched, harsh cry, as the sound of a frog or a raven 2) to speak with a low, rasping voice 3) sts Slang. to die 4) to utter by croaking 5) sts Slang. to kill 6) the act or sound of croaking • Etymology …

    From formal English to slang

  • 12 croak — [[t]kro͟ʊk[/t]] croaks, croaking, croaked 1) VERB When a frog or bird croaks, it makes a harsh, low sound. Thousands of frogs croaked in the reeds by the riverbank. N COUNT Croak is also a noun. ...the guttural croak of the frogs. 2) VERB If… …

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  • 13 croak — {{11}}croak (n.) 1560s, from CROAK (Cf. croak) (v.). {{12}}croak (v.) early 14c., crouken, onomatopoeic or related to O.E. cracian (see CRACK (Cf. crack)). Slang meaning to die is first recorded 1812, from sound of death rattle. Related: Croaked; …

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  • 14 croak — I UK [krəʊk] / US [kroʊk] verb Word forms croak : present tense I/you/we/they croak he/she/it croaks present participle croaking past tense croaked past participle croaked 1) [intransitive/transitive] to speak or say something in a low rough… …

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  • 15 croak —    1. to die    A dying person unable to clear mucus in the throat makes such a sound:     They go mouching along as if they were croaking. (Mayhew, 1851)    Less often croak means to kill:     ... the guy who had guts enough to croak Tough Tony …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 16 croak — 1. noun /krəʊk/ a) A faint, harsh sound made in the throat. b) The cry of a frog or toad. (see also ribbit) 2. verb /krəʊ …

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  • 17 croak — croak1 [krəuk US krouk] v [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: From the sound] 1.) to make a deep low sound like the sound a ↑frog makes 2.) [I and T] to speak in a low rough voice, as if you have a sore throat ▪ Help! she croaked, her throat dry with fear …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 croak — croak1 [ krouk ] verb 1. ) intransitive when a FROG croaks, it makes a low loud rough sound in its throat 2. ) intransitive or transitive to speak or say something in a low rough voice that sounds as if you have a sore throat 3. ) intransitive… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 croak — n. & v. n. 1 a deep hoarse sound as of a frog or a raven. 2 a sound resembling this. v. 1 a intr. utter a croak. b tr. utter with a croak or in a dismal manner. 2 sl. a intr. die. b tr. kill. Etymology: ME: imit …

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  • 20 croak — /krohk/, v.i. 1. to utter a low pitched, harsh cry, as the sound of a frog or a raven. 2. to speak with a low, rasping voice. 3. Slang. to die. 4. to talk despondingly; prophesy trouble or evil; grumble. v.t. 5. to utter or announce by croaking.… …

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