I. verb Etymology: Middle English croken, of imitative origin Date: 15th century intransitive verb 1. a. to make a deep harsh sound b. to speak in a hoarse throaty voice 2. grumble 1 3. slang die transitive verb 1. to utter in a hoarse raucous voice 2. slang kill II. noun Date: 1561 a hoarse harsh cry or sound • croaky adjective

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Croak — Croak, n. The coarse, harsh sound uttered by a frog or a raven, or a like sound. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • croak — croak·er; croak; …   English syllables

  • 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 …   English terms dictionary

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

  • 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 …   English World dictionary

  • 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

  • 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… …   English dictionary

  • 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; …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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… …   English dictionary

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