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Queries about this entry:

  1. I think the pronunciation is more like /rɪbɪt/ than /rɪbət/; I suspect the former might be British(/US?) and the latter (US?/)Australian; any comment from native speakers?
  2. I have taken out "croak" because a croak is a quite different sound from a ribbit.
  3. Do toads ribbit in the way that frogs do? Surely they croak.
  4. What are the inflected forms of the verb? The stress pattern suggests they should be "ribbiting" and "ribbited", but the similarity of the first of the present participle to "biting" suggests that "ribbitting" and "ribbitted" might be better (compare "formatting/formatted").

Paul G 10:35, 10 Sep 2004 (UTC)

If I was actually pretending to be a frog, I would probably say something like [ɰ͢ɹɪ̰bɪd̚], (?) but when not used as an interjection I'd say [ʋ̴ɪbət̚], ie /rɪbət/. And I'm Australian. --Vladisdead 10:47, 10 Sep 2004 (UTC)

"peet, peet"[edit]

I've seen that animal sound come from little frogs in Howard Pyle's Twilight Land. Can someone verify the word peet for that? --Lo Ximiendo (talk) 07:43, 28 December 2012 (UTC)


I don't know if this is an urban legend, but I've heard more than once that this "ribbit" sound was spread in the Anglophone world by Hollywood, and that it's based on a particular American frog, the only one (or one of few) that makes a kind of "ribbit" sound. Indeed, no other language seems to interpret a frog's sound as "ribbit" or anything close. Kolmiel (talk) 17:37, 7 September 2016 (UTC)